In what happens to be a historic tour, Australia are all set to play a Test series in Pakistan for the first time since 1998. As a matter of fact, the players have already landed in the county. Their three-match Test series against Pakistan starts on March 4.
However, it isn’t going to be easy for them as Pakistan have some superb pacers in the form of Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali. Thus, Marnus Labuschagne recently drew light on their upcoming challenge. He said that they have to be prepared for everything.
Currently the number one Test batter in the world, Labuschagne has been in superb form of late. He scored 335 runs from five Tests at an average of 41.85 during the Ashes 2021-22. However, during an interview with Cricbuzz, the Queensland batter admitted that he has worked on some aspects of his personal game following the series against the Brits.
Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi are their two sort of main fast bowlers: Marnus Labuschagne
“Obviously, I know Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi are their two sort of main fast bowlers and then we’ll have to see who’s going to go with those two. Like you said, you have to prepare for everything. There’ll be times in the game when they will bowl short based on the wicket. It’s about coming to terms with that,” said Marnus Labuschagne.
Contrary to the belief, the pitches in Pakistan are expected to be pace-friendly in nature. Thus, Labuschagne also spoke about the prospect of facing reverse swing. On being asked how he plans to tackle it, the 27-year-old said that they have to come up with plans on the same.
“You can certainly do things with tennis balls in the backyard but in terms of training you just scuff some balls up and make sure they’re ready. That they are reversing, and you just come up with plans and thoughts as to how you’ll play it. You bat on a different stump, or you take a different guard or whatever changes you make to your game that suits playing reverse swing or suits your strength,” he said.