Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Image Credit: Twitter)

Star Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne is eagerly waiting for the commencement of the home Ashes later this year, in particular, to continue his battle with England fast bowler Jofra Archer.

On the 2019 Ashes tour to England, Marnus Labuschagne turned his Test career. After replacing Steve Smith as a concussion substitute, the right-hander overcame the fire of Archer and hit four consecutive half-centuries.

He then had a surreal home season against Pakistan, New Zealand, and India, which has now placed him on the third spot of the ICC Test rankings. Marnus Labuschagne was also the highest run-scorer in the inaugural World Test Championship with 1675 runs at 72.82.

Jofra Archer, Marnus Labuschagne.
Jofra Archer, Marnus Labuschagne. Image-Twitter

“There are always injuries in sport but I want to be playing against the best so if Archer is fit, I want to be playing against Jofra Archer. It’s so exciting to be back playing Test cricket and playing in the Ashes at home. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully both teams are fully fit and we can have a really good contest,” Marnus Labuschagne was quoted as saying by Daily Mail UK.

We’re not talking cricket right now, we’re talking about people’s well-being and families: Marnus Labuschagne

Marnus Labuschagne also reflected on players being away from their families for months in the pandemic times. The 27-year-old, who has been married for four years now, is currently on a trip to England where he is playing plying his trade for Glamorgan in the County Championship and has been away from his family for more than three months now.

He wishes if the covid situation and protocols are been relaxed by the time the Ashes start in December.

Marnus Labuschagne, ICC World Test Championship
Marnus Labuschagne (Image Credit: Getty)

“I’ve been in England without my family for three months and it’s not nice. We prefer people to be with their families. We’re not talking cricket right now. We’re talking about people’s well-being and families. One thing we have realised with Covid is that things change quickly. I just hope things sort themselves out and families will be allowed to come.

“You’re not forced to be a cricketer and I think in the current environment it’s sometimes the way it is. You have to be away from your family. No one wants to be away from their family for three or four months but we’ve got to keep the game growing,” Marnus Labuschagne added.

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