IND vs AUS: "Marnus Labuschagne Seems To Have A Better Range As A Batter Than Steve Smith": Irfan Pathan

Updated - 04 Feb 2023, 04:19 PM

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Irfan Pathan believes that Marnus Labuschagne has a greater hitting range than Steve Smith. He does anticipate that the Indian spinners will triumph over him, though.

A four-match Test series between Rohit Sharma and company and Australia will begin on February 9 in Nagpur. The Australian batting order is anticipated to be anchored by Labuschagne, who has a stellar overall record in Test cricket.

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Pathan was questioned about his opinions on India’s potential strategies against Marnus Labuschagne during a debate on the Star Sports program “Game Plan,” and he replied:

“Very much like the strategy you would employ to take down Steve Smith. Although he has a greater field of vision than Steve Smith, how will he react when Ravichandran Ashwin uses the rough to bowl off-spin or takes the ball away?”

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In the seven Test matches he has played in Asia, Labuschagne has amassed 400 runs at a below-average average of 33.33. In 12 innings, he has only scored 50 runs twice, however in the second Test against Sri Lanka last year, he did score 104 runs.

“I believe our fast bowlers will get Marnus Labuschagne out”: Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar believes the Indian seamers will dominate over Marnus Labuschagne, stating: “I believe our fast bowlers, Shami, and Mohammed Siraj, will get him out because the Australians have constructed a rough, there are cracks, they may be thinking exclusively about spin, but here are two superb fast bowlers who know how to reverse swing the ball extremely well.”

In 33 Tests, Labuschagne has scored 3150 runs at a fantastic average of 59.43. He has a stellar record against India, scoring 464 runs at an excellent average of 51.55 in five games.

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