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Australian batsman Marnus Labushane, who has played only one Test against India, hopes that when both teams face off in the Test series in December, he will be able to dominate. The fast emerging batsman in international cricket, however, admitted that Jasprit Bumrah would be the toughest to face in world-class Indian bowlers.
Labushane stepped into the Test against India in Sydney in the 2018-19 series. He is eagerly awaiting the Indian team's tour in December where the four-match Test series will be played between the two teams.
The 26-year-old batsman told Brisbane, “They are all good bowlers but it will be difficult to deal with Bumrah's challenge.” He is capable of bowling continuously at a speed of around 140 kmph and swinging the ball when the conditions meet. He is also capable of bringing the ball in towards the wicket.
Labushane, who has scored 63 runs in 14 Tests for Australia with four centuries and seven half-centuries, said, “You always want to test yourself against the best.” Jasprit is probably the leader of that bowling attack. '
Labushane said that veteran Ishant Sharma has also improved a lot in the last two years. Labushane, considered one of the most talented batsmen of the current era, said, “Ishant has bowled brilliantly in the last two years. For the right-handed batsmen, their ball comes inwards, it will be a good challenge for us as well. '
The second season of international cricket is considered to be the most difficult for any batsman as the opposing teams are aware of the player's game and Labushane understands this very well. He said, “The first year was great for me. Hopefully I will do more well this year. I am waiting to test myself against India, one of the world's best bowling attack. '
He said, 'I have experience of playing in a Test against India in Sydney. I have faced his bowling in that match and later in limited overs matches. When you do well, people keep an eye on your game. You have to work on your game. I have to make sure that I can understand my game well. I will try to be one step ahead of the Indian bowlers.
These players left impressions
Labushane is fortunate to have former captains like Steve Smith who have experience playing in different situations to advise him in planning. Labushane said, “I have learned from Smith and the way he plays is improving my game.” We both like to talk about cricket and batting. I am lucky to get a chance to learn from them. '
The legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has also praised Labushane's technique. He was pleased when asked about this. He said, 'It is a great feeling to hear from someone like Sachin. I missed some opportunities to meet him. Looking forward to meeting him because he is the kind of player who has a lot to learn. '