Marnus Labuschagne is willing to bat in the opening slot in absence of David Warner. So far in his career in white-ball career, the talented Labuschagne has batted at the number 4 position. In the second ODI against India, he played a fine hand of 70 runs and took the Aussie total beyond India’s reach.
Now the 26-year-old is looking forward to the possibility of opening in the 3rd ODI against India. During the chase, Warner injured his groin while attempting to stop a boundary. The great Aussie opener has now been ruled out of the final ODI as well as the T20I series. Left-handed batsman D’arcy Short has been announced as the replacement for Warner for the remaining white-ball fixtures against India.
I Would Enjoy Batting If Asked To Open – Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne acknowledged the contributions that Warner made in the series win but also thinks that it will be a chance for others in Warner’s absence to score runs at the top. He also added that if given a chance to open by the management he will relish that opportunity.
“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. 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,” Labuschagne said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, as far as the Test series is concerned, Marnus Labuschagne has supported Joe Burns to come good as an opener against India. The buzz was that the young Will Pucovski who has been piling on the runs in Shield cricket might get a nod ahead of Burns.
“Joe’s (Joe Burns) averaging 40 in test cricket, so he’s certainly established and he’s got four test hundreds. He’s a very good player. 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”, Marnus Labuschagne added.