Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Marnus Labuschagne said he is not disappointed that he was overlooked for the Australia captaincy role after Tim Paine’s resignation and that his focus is on helping the team by scoring runs in the all-important Ashes 2021/22, starting December 8.

Though only 18 Test matches old, Marnus Labuschagne was regarded as one of the captaincy candidates for Australia but he was not offered even an interview by Cricket Australia who had a detailed process to appoint Tim Paine’s successor.
Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Image Credit: Twitter)

Marnus Labuschagne Isn’t Disappointed After Not Being Appointed Captain Or Even Deputy By Cricket Australia

Notably, Pat Cummins was appointed as captain and Steve Smith his deputy after interviews conducted by the cricket board. Having been overlooked for a Test leadership post, Marnus Labuschagne said he “wasn’t disappointed” and backed newly-installed duo Pat Cummins and Steve Smith.

“No, I wasn’t disappointed,” Labuschagne told reporters.

“I think there are two very good leaders and very good candidates. Cummins is going to do a fabulous job and he’s got plenty of support with Steve as his vice-captain and all the senior players of the group,” Labuschagne said.

Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

“My job right now is to concentrate on scoring runs consistently for Australia and I’m happy for that to be my role for now. You don’t need the title to still be a leader in the group,” said Labuschagne.

A little more than two years on from the 2019 Ashes, Marnus Labuschagne has cemented himself as Australia’s number three and one of the world’s best batsmen with a stratospheric average of more than 60. He has come a long way since his first Ashes appearance when he became test cricket’s first concussion substitute at Lord’s after Steve Smith was taken out by a Jofra Archer bouncer.

Marnus Labuschagne Want To Continue Scoring Runs

While Steve Smith dominated the drawn series with 774 runs, Marnus Labuschagne played an outstanding support act, notching four half-centuries to help Australia retain the urn in England for the first time in nearly two decades. He has since racked up five hundred, including a 215 against New Zealand, and looms as a major problem for England to solve in the series starting at the Gabba next week.

“The target is on your back now that you’re scoring runs and that you’re the main part of that team,” said Labuschagne.

Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Marnus Labuschagne has had a remarkable rise since his breakout Ashes tour in 2019 after being thrust into the Lord’s Test as a concussion substitute. With a rapidly blossoming career now boasting five centuries at an average of 60.80 from 18 Tests, Marnus Labuschagne has made Australia’s previously troubled No. 3 position his own and shored up the top-order alongside veterans David Warner and Steve Smith.