Australia’s premier batter Marnus Labuschagne was seen in all sorts of trouble in the opening Test match. Marnus Labuschagne was aware of the fact that England would come well-prepared for the challenge at Lord’s on 28th June.
Aussies would be keen to make the most of the winning momentum. The rise of Travis Head down the order has meant that there is no added responsibility on the shoulders of Steve Smith & Marnus Labuschagne.
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England would be hoping that the shrewd cricketer Moeen Ali is fit & available for selection else the inexperienced spinner Rehan Ahmed would make his Ashes debut. Rehan Ahmed can be the surprise package for Aussies.
Playing at Lord’s was memorable for me as it was my first crack at Ashes cricket – Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne was having an interaction with Cricket.com.au and recalled the moment when he played at Lord’s during Ashes 2019. Marnus Labuschagne pointed out that this time he would get different reception as he had come into the playing 11 as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith.
“Playing at Lord’s is an amazing privilege because of its history and the uniqueness of the ground of the venue. Playing at Lord’s was memorable for me as it was my first crack at Ashes cricket,” said Marnus Labuschagne.
“The last time I walked through there no one knew who I was. So they weren’t really clapping out of excitement. They were kind of giving me like pity claps. Last time it was like ‘Who is this. This isn’t Steve Smith. So, it will be different this time,” he stated.
That memory of Jofra Archer hitting me… – Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne revealed how he stood up after coping with a nasty bouncer. Marnus Labuschagne pointed out that history is history and he will have to start afresh in the 2nd Test match at Lord’s.
“That memory of Archer hitting me, getting back up and facing the music and being able to get a fifty. That holds a special memory in my heart. It’s always memorable, but history is history,” he added.
“How that happened, how I played then isn’t important to what’s to come. For me, it’s about how I help this win and how I help them win matches,” he added.