Marnus Labuschagne, who top-scored for Australia with a 48 off 132 balls, has credited India’s bowling for putting the hosts under pressure on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test. Skipper Tim Paine won the toss at the MCG, on Saturday, and chose to bat first.

However, Australia could only manage to put up a total of 195, courtesy of Jasprit Bumrah (4/56) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/35) before being bowled out.

“Certainly, we could have done better. We probably had three dismissals we did not probably need to. They (Indians) were bowling straight and (we are) not getting many runs on the off-side,” Labuschagne said at a virtual press conference facilitated by official broadcasters Sony after Stumps, Day 1.

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“Bowlers come up with new ideas to stop scoring, built pressure as they did today. I faced 130 balls (or) something (like that). That is the challenge we face as a batting group and we love it,” he added.

Labuschagne is,, however, hopeful of a better show of batting in the 2nd innings for Australia as India were 36/1 at the end of Day 1’s play in Melbourne.

“It is not necessary that six batsmen (get run) every innings, sometimes it is one or two. It is a big job for the batting unit whoever is in the day, it may be myself or anyone else in the top order, he will have to ensure big scores,” he said.

“People are coming up with new ways like leg side field, bowled straight. (We) are just understanding and learning what he is doing. That is the key. We always do that as a batting group and keep better from learning,” Labuschagne said about facing Ashwin.

Labuschagne has further added that the MCG pitch has been aiding the bowlers a little bit more than usual and hence is looking forward to adapting to those changes in their next innings.

“During the game, we certainly had a chat. Teams have very good bowling line-ups and there was a little bit more in it (pitch). There was more seam and little bit more swing today which was something (that was) probably not seen usually at the MCG. We have to adapt and make sure that we score big in the second innings,” he added.



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