Was lucky enough to get a wicket, admits Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne on Test debut

first_imgMarnus Labuschagne was picked by Australia to make his debut in the first Test against Pakistan for his batting, with his part-time leg-spin seen only as a bonus. But with his team struggling to break a crucial partnership, Labuschange made a key breakthrough on day two to bring Australia back into the contest in Dubai on Monday.Pakistan had been cruising, Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail adding exactly 150 to take the score onto 410/4. They looked set for a mammoth total, but, the ball after bowling a big full toss which was hit for four, Labuschagne bowled the perfect leg-break, which spun and bounced and took Shafiq’s outside edge before nestling in Tim Paine’s gloves.The dismissal was the start of a slide of 72/6 with Pakistan eventually bowled out for 482 as Australia surged back into the game. Labuschagne credited technical work on the speeds and lengths he bowls as helping him have a productive spell.”I’ve been working on my bowling for a long time but the last three months specifically, just getting a bit faster through the air and making sure I’m bowling the right length,” Labuschagne said.Pakistan vs Australia – Report | Highlights | Scorecard”I’ve been working really hard with Sri [Sridharan Sriram] and John Davison back home, making sure we get that length right. So it was pleasing to see it come off today, I was able to come on and not go for too many runs and also lucky enough to get a wicket as well.”It felt like a day when Australia captain Tim Paine would need to shuffle his pack constantly in hopes of getting a breakthrough. Having a leg-spin option to call upon helped in this regard too.advertisement”It was a change-up, a change in momentum, a change in the rhythm of the batsmen and just making them think a little bit differently about how they want to play shots and stuff like that,” Labuschagne said.Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his maiden Test wicket! #PAKvAUS pic.twitter.com/ujvUGOMBdUcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 8, 2018″That’s probably the key, trying to get them to think a little bit differently with someone who bowls a bit of leg-spin.”Australia ended the day with their openers having taken them to 30/0, 452 behind Pakistan’s first innings total. Sometime tomorrow, Labuschagne’s main job, with the bat, will begin. But without his part-time skill, his side would surely be much further behind in the game.last_img read more


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