Australia’s number three in Tests, Marnus Labuschagne, has arguably been their best batsman in the ongoing Test series against India. Marnus Labuschagne has somewhat been amongst the runs even as Australia’s batting line-up has struggled in the first two Tests. The right-handed batsman, who hit a double-hundred the last time at Sydney (the venue for Australia’s next Test against India), has weighed in on the impact of David Warner’s inclusion.
With Australia needing to bat well in the next two matches desperately, they might even choose to field a half-fit, David Warner. The hosts have struggled to find the required tempo at the top that has further put pressure on the middle-order to get the runs. As a result, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne have come under pressure whenever they have arrived at the crease. The selectors are currently putting in all the hard yards to make Warner fit.
Marnus Labuschagne underlined that David Warner remains a massive player and would add a lot to their batting line-up if included. The Queensland batsman feels that a player with more than 7000 runs and averaging 50 along with his athleticism in the field would be a big plus.
“He (Warner) is a big inclusion for us if he does come back in. Someone with over 7000 Test runs and averaging near about 50. He is superb player. I think he is in that top group and his energy in the field will be terrific big great to have him,” Labuschagne said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Our job is to score runs for Australia: Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne claimed that the currently out-of-form Joe Burns has been a consistent performer in first-class cricket even though the selectors have dropped him for the best. Nevertheless, Labuschagne has set his sights on getting as much runs as possible for Australia in the next two Tests.
“I know Joe Burns has missed out but he has been a consistent performer in first-class cricket for a long time now. Whatever the selectors have done is for the best of the team but it doesn’t change my view about Joe as a player or as a person. That’s not our job. Our job is to score runs for Australia,” he added.
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