AUS vs ZIM: Disappointed over Sri Lanka tour, batter Marnus Labuschagne intends to ‘continue to get better’ at No. 5
AUS vs ZIM: Star Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne said he wants to bat at number 5 after being dissatisfied with his performance during the team’s recent tour to Sri Lanka.
Labuschagne, regarded as one of the top ODI batters, has participated in 21 matches thus far. He was unhappy with his performance in the Test series against Sri Lanka, falling between 18 and 31 in each of his five innings.
“Looking back on it, I certainly wish I’d played a slightly different way,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Labuschagne as saying.
“I almost started a little too defensively so I’m just reviewing my theories there. And wished I’d applied my Test method a little bit more in those conditions; sweeping the ball, using my feet a little more. It was a bit disappointing from my end, that I didn’t really do that until the Test series came. For me, it’s a learning experience,” he added.
In the Sri Lanka Test tour, he batted at No. 5 twice. Despite the fact that none of those players is a member of the current team, Josh Inglis and Travis Head covered the top spot in the Australian batting order.
“I enjoy the different challenges, that’s for sure,” he said.
“I always like batting in the top order, I’ve spent my whole life there, but understanding the team make-up, batting at No. 5, I need to continue to get better at that role and through the middle overs understanding when to attack and defend. It’s about really trusting myself. That’s the great thing with the coaching staff, they have full trust in us as players, to take the game on and put pressure back on the opposition,” Labuschagne added.