Labuschagne Reveals His Future Plans As A Batter In ODIs

Labuschagne Reveals His Future Plans As A Batter In ODIs

Marcus Labuschagne is one of the most talented batters on the current batting roster in international cricket. He has proved his mettle repeatedly in Test Cricket. However, he is still trying to do the same in ODI cricket. Labuschagne wants to improve as a batter in ODIs, and he is planning to use the upcoming ODI series against Zimbabwe and New Zealand to adapt his game according to the situation. 

Labuschagne scored a century in his fifth match, against South Africa and also has a couple of half-centuries to his name. However, his recent tour to Sri Lanka was not an impressive one, where he got starts but failed to convert them into substantial scores.

The 28-year-old also highlighted how his game is different from Steve Smith’s since the media compares the two right-handers too often. Steve Smith scores a lot of runs straight down the ground, while Labuschagne playing shots much squarer than most batters. Labuschange also added how he loves 50-over cricket, and hopes that Australia can add another ODI World Cup to the cabinet. 

I Really Enjoy ODI Format – Labuschagne

“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.

To be really positive out of the blocks is key for me. Understanding what the situation is. If we are going well it’s about making sure that I’m getting the other batter on strike if he’s really got momentum and starting to build the partnership. Putting the bowler under pressure from ball one and if I can do that it certainly changes the dynamic.

I love 50-over cricket, it’s a good mix, you need to show some really good tactical nous, understanding your opposition, getting wickets through the middle overs and trying to score at seven or eight runs an over at low risk, that’s a different challenge in itself. I really enjoy the format, there’s space for all three, it’s just about how we schedule it.”

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