Marnus Labuschagne has impinged himself as one of the rising stars with the bat in the past 12-18 months. Labuschagne, who was named as one of the five best cricketers of 2019 by Wisden, was the leading run-scorer in Test cricket in 2019.
The South African-born Australian cricketer has thus far featured in 14 Tests, in which he has racked up 1459 runs at an average of 63.43, including eight half-centuries, four hundred and one double-hundred. Labuschagne made his One-day International debut earlier this year against India. In seven games thus far, the Australian No.3 has scored 305 runs at an average of 50.83.
Labuschagne will be making his T2oI debut in the upcoming series against England and the right-hander is focussing on improving his leg-spin and death batting skills in white-ball cricket.
”It doesn’t matter what the format is, I want to get better. Definitely some areas in one-day cricket I’m continuing to develop are my bowling, making sure I get a bit more consistent and become a better option for the skipper with the ball in those middle overs. I also want to keep working on my batting at the death.” Marnus Labuschagne was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
‘I love being a leader’- Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne missed out on the opportunity of once again representing Glamorgan in County cricket in England due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But the right-hander has kept himself busy by training at Cricket Australia’s training center in Brisbane.
Labuschagne, who was called-in as Steve Smith’s concussion substitute in the 2019 Ashes Test at Lord’s, has shown enough mental fortitude and of-course his batting skills to convince the likes of Ricky Ponting that he could well be Australia’s future Test captain.
Marnus said that he loves being a leader but his prime focus currently is to score heaps of runs for Australia.
”I love being a leader but I don’t think that means you need a title. It’s just about … enjoying my cricket and making sure that I keep staying consistent scoring runs for Australia – because that’s my job.” he added.