Leading Australian Test slugger Marnus Labouchagne credits his long tenure with England’s Glamorgan County side to being fully prepared for the test ahead of the Test World Cup final against India starting on 7 June. Even as top Australian cricketers who were part of a team for two jobs, including Ash, were busy playing in the Indian Premier League, Labushan, the world’s No. counties.
The 28-year-old has scored two centuries and a total of 504 runs in eight innings and is confident of a strong performance in a one-off Test supremacy game against India due to start at the Oval on June 7.
“I’ve been going back (to village cricket) for five years now,” Labushan was quoted by the ICC. “It’s just part of my usual coming here. I love coming here, I love playing county cricket, I love the Glamorgan team, I love it so much, otherwise I wouldn’t be back,” Labouchan said.
The No. 3 batter’s decision to spend more than two months in England may have been prompted by the fact that he only scored half a century during the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which India won 2-1 at home.
“It just helps that this year is the Test Championship final and the year of the ashes, so it’s very rewarding to be in the series,” he said.
Labushan added that hitting the number 3 ball comes with the responsibility of giving credibility to the innings by playing responsible innings.
“Naturally, anyone who hits No. 3 in Australia will be held accountable,” Labouchan said.
“Even in 2019 (last time in England for the Ashes) it was my responsibility, my job was to score points and if I didn’t score they (Australian team management) would find someone else to do my job and I don’t think that will change,” he said.
“It’s about finding ways to score and contribute to as many games as possible.” During the 2019 Ashes series, Labouchamp received a lot of attention as David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were returning for their first test tour since being banned following the 2018 Cape Town Emery Gate scandal.
Indian bowlers will have a hard time with Dukes balls
Labouchan believes that while India won the Border-Gavaskar series by building on the success of their slow bowlers on spin-friendly courses, their fast bowlers will be a powerful force with the Dukes balls in the WTC final with conditions likely to favor bowling. .
India has included a quartet of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Jaidev Unadkat in the WTC Final squad, while wagon Shardul Thakur is also in the running for the Oval.
“Two months ago we played against India, so in terms of watching them and understanding their actions and what they are doing, we understand it quite clearly,” Labouchan said.
“With the Dukes ball in hand, they (Indian bowlers) will be able to showcase their skills much more,” he says.
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