• Marnus: I’m a little bit overwhelmed

    The South African-born Marnus Labuschagne is eager to capitalise on a recall to Australia’s Test squad.

    Labuschagne debuted against Pakistan earlier this year, but did not feature in the first three Tests of the ongoing four-match series against India. He has, however, been added to the squad for this week’s decider at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    ‘I’m a little bit overwhelmed, but it’s another great opportunity for me. I am super excited about the news,’ said Labuschagne.

    ‘Previously, the SCG has been spin conducive, but I need to be ready to do both my roles if I am called upon.’

    The 24-year-old leg-spinning all-rounder is an addition to the unchanged squad, not a replacement for batsman Peter Handscomb or all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who have been retained despite poor stretches of form.

    If named in the XI, the right-handed Labuschagne will face an opposition seam attack spearheaded by fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Bumrah and Shami were Test cricket’s fourth- and fifth-highest wicket-takers in 2018.

    ‘It’s an opportunity to stand up, score big runs against the best bowling attack in the world at the moment – as a batsman you thrive on that,’ added Labuschagne.

    India boast a two-one series lead. The final Test will get under way on Thursday.

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