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Australian ‘sensation’ Labushen admits – playing against India in India is tough

The fast emerging Australian batsman Marnus Labuschen is keen to try his skills against India and believes that touring India is the most difficult in the cricket world.

Marnus Labuschen (Getty)

Marnus Labuschen (Getty)

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Sydney, 07 January 2020, updated 16:04 IST

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The fast emerging Australian batsman Marnus Labuschen is keen to try his skills against India and believes that touring India is the most difficult in the cricket world. For the 25-year-old Labushen, the Australian domestic season was excellent, scoring four centuries in five matches. This includes a double century against New Zealand in the recently concluded third Test.

Labushen has been named in the Australian team for the three-match ODI series against India starting on 14 January in Mumbai. Labushen was quoted on Cricket Australia’s website as saying, ‘When you play from India, it is a tough series because they are very strong opponents. They have excellent batsmen and bowlers, so it will be a challenge.

He said, “But as a player you will always want to test yourself against the best opponent in the most difficult circumstances and playing against India in India is not hard.” Labushen, who has played only 14 Tests, is expected to be placed third in the ICC Test rankings after India’s Virat Kohli and Australia’s Steve Smith.

Labushen is being compared to the great players of the modern generation, but he did not give it much importance. He said, ‘It is fantastic to have people talking like this, but a lot more work needs to be done before anything like this.’

Labushen said, ‘Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith – these players have been doing this for five, six, seven years. Having a good season does not mean that you are a great player. So my focus is on trying to bring consistency in our performance and help Australia win matches. Labushen said that playing in the conditions of Sydney suited to spinners before going on a tour of India was good in terms of preparation.

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