Former Australian spin-bowler Brad Hogg has chosen the candidate according to him to open the innings in David Warner’s absence. With David Warner suffering a groin injury in the second ODI against India in Sydney and set to miss the last and take time to be fit for the Test series, Australia named D’arcy Short as the replacement. However, Brad Hogg believes Marnus Labuschagne should open with Aaron Finch, claiming him as the “best option”.
Marnus Labuschagne’s innings of 70 in the second ODI against India went largely unnoticed; however, was as crucial as three other half-centuries and Steve Smith’s hundred. While Labuschagne’s 70 off 61 deliveries contained only five boundaries, he hustled hard between the wickets and held up one end for Smith and Maxwell to pounce on India’s bowling attack. With a 51-run victory in the second ODI, the hosts secured the series while the winning margin in the opening match was 69 runs.
As much as his prolific Test career been, the 26-year old’s ODI career is also progressing well. In 12 ODIs so far after making his debut this year, the right-handed batsman has 466 runs at 42.36 alongside one century and three fifties and maintaining a strike rate of 92.09. Labuschagne claimed that he is ready to perform the role if handed to him; however, it remains to be seen. With D’arcy Short enduring a mediocre ODI career, it looks unlikely he will get the nod at the top of the order.
Below is Brad Hogg’s tweet:
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) November 30, 2020