Marnus Labuschagne will look to match or even surpass Root’s performance on his upcoming tour to Sri Lanka. Labuschagne, who had success with his leg-spin in the latest county game, might be used more often as a bowler on the turning tracks of the sub-continental pitches. However, it would be with the bat that Labuschagne would be able to make a defining difference in the series. Joe Root’s previous tour to Sri Lanka was a hallmark for the SENA batters, as he amassed over 400 runs in the series, which included first-innings scores of 228 and 186. The prolific English batter, who crossed the 10k milestone in test cricket couple of days ago, had set the standards high for other batters around the world.
Labuschagne’s test career started against Pakistan in the UAE back in 2018. But his recent tour to Pakistan was only his second experience of the sub-continental tracks. He managed to bag a lot of runs in his kitty on this tour, but it must be mentioned that the performance of the spinners was below par. Labuschagne must also be wary of his fitness over the coming season, as Australia is scheduled to play around 16 Tests and 18 ODIs in the coming year.
Want To Conquer The Spin Challenge In SL – Labuschagne
“For me, it’s my first real subcontinent challenge against spin, it’s about conquering that challenge,” Labuschagne told BBC Sport Wales. “Joe Root played phenomenally over there, I’ve learned a lot from how he went about his game there.
As a team we want to be the best in the world, it doesn’t matter where you take us, we want to be winning games and I certainly think we can do that in Sri Lanka. I’ll have to get used to conditions, the heat and sweating it out, which is something we haven’t had the last few games [in the UK].
“There’s a lot of things in the mix, but I can’t see anything wrong with trying to copy the last time I played in the Ashes here, and play some county cricket with Glamorgan [going] into the Ashes next summer,” he said.