Marnus Labuschagne is an entertaining cricketer. The 27-year-old from Queensland has made a name for himself in a very short time. His knock against England after walking in as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith earned him a lot of praise. Since then, Labuschagne has climbed big heights in Test cricket. He is currently the No. 1 Test batter with a huge 935 Rating points.
But success is not achieved overnight. It demands huge dedication and commitment towards one's work. And Labuschagne does not compromise on that. His recent video is a testimony to that. The right-arm batter has been selected in Australia's Test squad for their historic tour to Pakistan. Labuschagne has proved his mettle in swinging conditions, but he is yet to face the spin challenge on turning tracks. He has only played two games on turning tracks and has managed 81 runs in four innings.
So, with an important tour down under, the Australian is leaving no stone unturned. He has already started his preparations. In a video shared by Labuschagne on Twitter, the stylish batter is seen practicing on a pitch which brings a subcontinent-like feel at his home. In a one-minute and fifteen seconds long video, Labuschagne is seen practicing front foot and back-foot defense.
A few days ago, he had explained through a video how he prepared the pitch which replicates the challenges of a turning track. He had also demonstrated how using aluminum sheets helps in producing extravagant turns from the ball while the mat helps bring out sliders.
Watch the video here:
Australia to tour Pakistan for all-format series
The Australian cricket board and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have arranged an all-format series between Australia and Pakistan. The Kangaroos are all set to play in Pakistan for the first time in 24 years. They will play three Tests, the same number of ODIs and solitary T20I between 4 March and 5 April.
March 4-8: First Test, Rawalpindi
March 12-16: Second Test, Karachi
March 21-25: Third Test, Lahore
March 29:First ODI, Rawalpindi
March 31: Second ODI, Rawalpindi
April 2: Third ODI, Rawalpindi
April 5: Only T20I, Rawalpindi
Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Mark Steketee, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner