‘Will be lovely game of chess’: Labuschagne on making modifications to fight Ashwin


File image of Ravichandran Ashwin celebrating the wicket of Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne throughout a Check match on the Melbourne Cricket Floor on December 28, 2020
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Star Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne cannot wait to interact in a “lovely game of chess” with Ravichandran Ashwin throughout subsequent month’s Check tour of India after making required modifications in his sport to fight the ace spinner.

Australia, who have not received a Check collection in India since 2004, will play 4 Checks in Nagpur (February 9-13), New Delhi (February 17-21), Dharamsala (March 1-5) and Ahmedabad (March 9-13).

Labuschagne was dismissed twice by Ashwin although he emerged because the main run-scorer within the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia with 426 runs at a median of 53.25.

“I’ve changed some of my game because of what I’ve heard about Ashwin and how he bowled to me,” Labuschagne was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“I’ve adapted my game to try and foil a few of his ideas and ways he goes about it. It’s going to be a lovely game of chess and I can’t wait for it.”

The 28-year-old mentioned he began his preparation for the India tour proper after the 2020-21 dwelling collection.

“The preparation starts so far back,” mentioned Labuschagne, who’s presently taking part in for the Brisbane Warmth within the Massive Bash League (BBL) 2022-23.

“People think, right now it’s Big Bash then you start thinking – but the thinking happens way ahead. You start processing everything in your mind, you go through every scenario of what bowler you are going to come across.

“I’ve already considered my plans, so now it is nearly executing. Discovering out, ‘That works, that does not work. How can that a part of my sport slot in?’, and simply piece the puzzle collectively.”

Australia will have a short training camp in Sydney in January end. They are scheduled to arrive in India just seven days before the Nagpur Test.

World Test Championship Final

The four-Test series also gains significance as it will decide table-toppers Australia’s opponents in the finals of the World Test Championship Final in June before they take on England in the Ashes.

“Cannot wait, so excited for the subsequent 10 Check matches,” Labuschagne said.

“We have performed very well, individuals know we’re excellent at dwelling, very robust to beat… however the problem we now have going two away collection in a row, that is going to be superior.

“I can’t wait for the challenge against spin in India and can’t wait for the challenge of Bazball versus Ronball.”

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