The Australian cricketer, Marnus Labuschagne has been the highest run-getter for the hosts in the first couple of matches in the ongoing four-match series against India so far and hopes to continue his good run at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the third Test starting on January 7. It was the same venue where he played his first Test match in the country in 2019.
However, Labuschagne admits that scoring runs against India hasn’t been easy for them in the two matches so far and credited Ravichandran Ashwin in particular for troubling the hosts with his bowling.
Talking about Ashwin, Marnus Labuschagne said, “I have never faced Ashwin before until this series so I don’t have a comparison to other series but you don’t have the stats that Ravi has without being a great bowler and also a great thinker. He has come in prepared and, they are being crafty with their field and what they are trying to do. We have fallen into their trap a few times.”
Marnus also credited the Indian team for coming into the series with a plan and said that they employed a heavy leg-side field which restricted the Aussies to score runs easily.
Labushcnagne explained, “They have certainly come in with a plan with those straight fields and making sure that they are not leaving stumps and having a really heavy leg-side field. It slows your scoring because you know those shots that you do get on your legs go for one, not four. And they are always keeping those catchers in the game. You have to be disciplined as they showed when I did glance on around the corner and got caught with that leg slip.”
The third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia will begin on January 7 in Sydney.