• Marnus: I’ve still got a bit of Afrikaans

    The Klerksdorp-born Marnus Labuschagne is looking forward to playing for Australia against South Africa in this month and the next’s ODI series.

    Labuschagne has become a relatively permanent fixture in Australia’s Test XI and recently broke into the ODI squad.

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    ‘I did grade one, two and three in Potchefstroom, so I played a bit of cricket there but obviously the rest of my cricket has been in Australia,’ he said.

    ‘I’ve never played over here at the top level, so it’s very exciting to play in front of my family over here. They’re all very excited and it was nice to spend a couple of days with them.

    ‘I went to an Afrikaans school until I was in grade three, so I’ve still got a bit of Afrikaans floating about.’

    The 25-year-old Labuschagne is averaging over 63 after 14 Tests. Earlier this year, his debut ODI series yielded 46 and 54 in the second and third match, respectively.

    ‘India was crazy. I loved the pressure, the atmosphere over there. It was a great opportunity to play. That role at No 4 is something I want to make sure I continue to improve and make that a spot I can continue to be successful in,’ he added.

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