In the midst of the hectic preparations for Australia’s impending tour of India, World No. 1 test batsman and notable number 3, Marnus Labuschagne, spilled the beans on a humorous anecdote inside the changing room. Notably, he led Australia in scoring during the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Test series.
During an interview with the Grade Cricketer podcast, Labuschagne disclosed something about his fellow Aussie and opener, David Warner, that was previously unknown to him. In the same spirit, he issued a severe warning, although on a lighter tone, to the young Australian players not to take his spot inside the changing room.
Using Cameron Green as an example, Labuschagne said that when Green sought to usurp Warner’s place by retaining his cricketing gear and equipment, Warner wasted no time in tossing them away when the former was not around for a while. Furthermore, the Australian opener showed little remorse for his actions.
The world number 1 batter recalled the incident and said, “Try and avoid David Warner’s spot. I have seen about three people who have tried to sit on his spot and I have seen him have zero care. The bags, the equipments get launched. Cameron Green tried to sit there the other day and put his bag there. When Cameron Green came back, his bag was 10 meters that way (on the other side), upside down. He just sent it, bang, see ya mate.”
In terms of previous series performances at home, the Australian has been unable to recreate his magnificent run. He only achieved one half-century in the final three tests against South Africa. Labuschagne had a 36.33 average and a high score of 79. Furthermore, his strike rate was just 48.23, which was concerning for a hitter of his calibre.
It would be intriguing to see whether Marnus Labuschagne can recover from his batting blitzkrieg and help Australia secure a WTC finals berth. While Team India will want to maintain their dominance and get closer to a spot in the WTC final. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is set to go off on February 9 in Nagpur.