Marnus Labuschagne is ready to step up in David Warner’s absence and open the batting instead of him for Australia in the remaining white-ball matches against India if called upon by the team management.
Marnus Labuschagne scored 70 off 61 balls batting at four in Sunday’s win in the second one-day international in Sydney but the night was soured for the hosts with a groin injury to David Warner.
Marnus Labuschagne: David Warner’s Been Massive Part Of Australia’s Series Win
David Warner, who scored 83 to help Australia seal the series 2-0 besides scoring 69 in the first ODI, was ruled out of the rest of the white-ball series comprising of remaining one ODI and 3 T20Is on Monday and remains in doubt for the first-day night test at Adelaide Oval on December 17.
“He’s been a massive part of us winning this series and it is not great that we’ve lost him but like anything, it provides an opportunity for someone else to step up in the top order and make runs,” Marnus Labuschagne told reporters on Monday.
“Certainly, if I got asked to open the batting, absolutely it’s an opportunity that I would enjoy doing. But we’ll have to wait and see.”
Opener D’Arcy Short has been brought into Australia’s Twenty20 squad as a “like-for-like” replacement for left-hander David Warner, as Cricket Australia confirmed on Monday. D’ Arcy Short’s last T20I was also against India in February 2019. Marcus Stoinis who developed a side strain while bowling in the first match for which he didn’t play the second ODI remains with the squad.
Marnus Labuschagne Back Joe Burns To Be Back To Form
David Warner’s absence for the test series may open the door for young talent Will Pucovski to debut with incumbent opener Joe Burns.
Joe Burns had a run of low scores in the domestic Sheffield Shield but Marnus Labuschagne, who bats at three in the test side, backed his Queensland teammate to rise to the occasion if David Warner remained sidelined at least for 1st test in the 4 match test series.
“Joe’s averaging 40 in test cricket, so he’s certainly established and he’s got four test hundreds. He’s a very good player,” said Labuschagne.
“Although he hasn’t scored the runs in Shield cricket that he’d like, he got 99 against Pakistan in the first test last summer and he negotiated through that new ball period almost every time last summer, so he’s not really far away from a couple of really big scores.”
Additionally, Pat Cummins has been rested from following one ODI and three T20Is to be physically fit for test series. Cummins went wicketless in first ODI before returning with 3/67 in 2nd ODI.