Marnus Labuschagne admits that scoring runs against India has been difficult in the two matches so far and credited Ravichandran Ashwin for troubling the hosts with his bowling.

Ravichandran Ashwin bowls to Marnus Labuschagne in the Boxing Day Test. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Labuschagne has scored 129 runs at an average of 32.25, the most by an Australian batsman so far
  • The third Test match between India and Australia will begin on January 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground
  • This is the venue where Labuschagne smashed a 215 against New Zealand exactly a year ago

Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne has been the highest-scorer for the hosts in the two Tests against India so far and hopes to continue his good run at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the third Test starting on January 7.

This is the venue where he smashed a 215 against New Zealand exactly a year ago and Australia went on to win the match by 279 runs. This was also the venue where he played his first Test match in the country in 2019 and went on to top the scoring charts that year.

Labuschagne, however, admits that scoring runs against India has been difficult in the two matches so far and credited Ravichandran Ashwin in particular for troubling the hosts with his bowling.

“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 Labuschagne said.

India have employed a heavy leg-side field, says Labuschagne

He also credited Team India for coming into the series with a plan and said that they employed a heavy leg-side field and had managed to keep the Australian scoring to a minimum.

“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,” Labuschagne added.

The third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia will begin on January 7 in Sydney.



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