Labuschagne prepares for challenge of the unknown as Pakistan Tour nears

Labuschagne prepares for challenge of the unknown as Pakistan Tour nears

Marnus Labuschagne is mindful of the fact that difficult conditions will confront Australia on their tour of Pakistan but is relishing the opportunity of playing overseas again after a large gap of two-and-a-half years. This is scheduled to be Australia’s first trip to Pakistan in 24 years and just the third full Test series Pakistan has hosted since the format returned in 2019 following visits by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh (canceled due to the pandemic), and South Africa.

Labuschagne has come up with an innovative idea of his own ahead of the tour. He has made a homemade mat with aluminum strips taped to it, to try and replicate the ball skidding through inconsistently, which he exhibited to public via social media last week. The final design had come after some suggestions from Steven Smith whose experience in the subcontinent will count a lot. Australia lack the experience of playing in such conditions since facing Pakistan in the UAE in 2018-19, a series Smith and David Warner did not feature in due to their bans but which marked Labuschagne’s Test debut.

Since that first experience of Test cricket, which initially went on for two matches before being in and out of the side until the famous concussion role for Smith at Lord’s in the 2019, Labuschange has jumped his way to be the top-ranked batter but is looking forward to challenge himself in away conditions.

Labuschagne preparing himself for the “away conditions” challenge and spin factor

“It’s a really exciting challenge to go over there. We don’t really know what we’ll get, we don’t have much intel on the wickets,” Labuschagne said. “If the wickets are what I’ve heard they are – they’ve got a good pace attack and they have some pace in their wickets – well we’ve had plenty of practice on fast, bouncy wickets at the Gabba, so think we’ve got that covered.

“One part we don’t have covered is spin. We don’t necessarily have too many wickets around our country that spin. You can only do your best with recreating conditions that you face, then from there you try to make sure you are prepared when you get out there.”

“I feel very privileged to currently be the No. 1 but I also feel the challenge,” he said. “I haven’t played much away from home, so really looking forward to the challenge and hopefully stand up to the different conditions we’ll play [in] over the next two years.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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