Australia vs India: Marnus Labuschagne ready to open if the team wants.
The Australian batsman, Marnus Labuschagne during a live video conference said he is flexible to bat anywhere. The home team is currently backstabbed by the number of injuries to the side in the ongoing series. Marnus Labuschagne said, he is ready to open if the team wants him to take that role.
The test series will begin from 17th December with the first game as the Day/Night pink ball test.
The opener, David Warner and Will Pucovski has been ruled out of the first game due to injuries. The former batsman suffered Groin Injury and is not fully convinced to take part in the first test game. While the latter struck the ball into his head during batting in the first test practice match against India A. Puckvski is ruled out due to concussion.
Marnus Labuschagne on opening:
“Look, whatever is best for the team, whatever the team wants, that’s our work as players that we do what is best for the side. If management wants me to open the innings, then that’s what I will do, it is a team sport and it is more importantly winning the matches. If this is the best way to win games then we will surely follow that,” Labuschagne said during a live video conference on Saturday.
The most probable opening batsman, Joe Burns is struggling for his form of late. Talking about Burn’s form Marnus said, “ I spoke to Burns a few nights ago, he is doing alright, we have all been there where we just want to score runs. A few bad innings cannot judge a player’s ability. We have full faith in Joe and if he is taken to the side he will surely do good for the side. I just hope he gets some runs in the second innings of the second test practice game against India A.”
The game gets a bit tough for the batsmen when the day comes to an end.
We face best bowlers in nets, Labuschagne:
“I saw a few overs in the evening and wickets, it gets much supportive to the bowlers when it starts to be dark. But that’s not a big deal it is a part of the Day/Night game. It becomes a bit touch to bat but exciting at the same time when you play against the best. It is going to be really good.”
The batsman also heaped praises on the bowlers, we are good at batting that is just because we face some of the deadly bowlers in the nets. Hazlewood, Cummins, Pattinson and Starc, and a lot more are the best in the business and we are proud to have them.
When asked about the opposition bowling, Labuschagne said, look we are all prepared for the game. In international matches, you see a lot of each other. They (Indian bowlers) are definitely doing good. Jasprit Bumrah especially the last ODI performed really nice but we are ready to accept the challenge.
India and Australia will be playing for the four-game test series starting 17th December. The series will carry huge importance as it will be counted in the World Test Championship.