Published: April 9, 2020 10:00:03 pm
Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne had to devise an revolutionary way to get some practice and keep busy with cricket presently shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic and is dealing with throwdowns with a taped-up tennis ball.
The 25-year-old has proven his penchant for batting for lengthy durations throughout his nascent check profession and was named as one in all Wisden’s 5 Cricketers of the Year for an excellent 2019.
Labuschagne made an inauspicious begin to his Test profession in late 2018 however made essentially the most of a late call-up in final yr’s Ashes sequence to cement a spot within the check aspect.
Australia check captain Tim Paine stated final week that amid the lockdown he was fearful for somebody like Labuschagne, who enjoys batting for lengthy hours.
Labuschagne stated he was lacking batting however had discovered a way to practise.
“I’m lucky enough that I’ve actually got one of my best mates living with me at the moment. He’s in isolation with me. So me and him are getting a few throw downs, and doing a bit of training,” Labuschagne instructed Melbourne’s SEN Radio on Thursday.
“That’s about as a lot cricket as I’m getting … a taped-up tennis ball within the yard with a canine thrower.
“I’m playing a little bit of tennis, where it’s allowed with the isolation rules, to get my fitness in. And I’m doing gym, so there’s a lot of stuff to stay on top of.”
Labuschagne made his Ashes debut as the primary concussion substitute in check cricket and completed the sequence as Australia’s finest batsman behind Steve Smith, having scored 4 successive half-centuries.
He then smashed 896 runs in 5 assessments towards Pakistan and New Zealand over the Australian summer season and is presently third within the International Cricket Council’s check rankings behind Smith and India captain Virat Kohli.
Labuschagne averages over 63 from 14 assessments and has scored 4 a whole bunch and eights fifties.
The break from cricket has given him the time to replicate on what he has achieved previously yr however he can not wait to begin enjoying cricket once more.
“I really hope that it all turns quickly and that we get on top of this virus and get back playing and see not just cricket, but live sport,” he stated.
“I don’t know how long away we are from getting crowds back in grounds, but I think our first objective is to get sport back on television.”
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