Always Knew Marnus Labuschagne Would Be a Top Test Player: Ricky Ponting

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting says he at all times knew Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 100 towards New Zealand within the day-night Check at Perth on Thursday, had all of the instruments to make it as a prime Check batsman.

Labuschagne made his Check debut towards India in January this 12 months and whereas he solely managed 38 in that match, Ponting believed that he ought to be part of the Ashes squad on the again off that knock.

“I really stated when he performed his first recreation in Australia he seemed nearly as good as any of our batters,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au.

“He made a very good 30 after which received out to a very good catch to brief mid-wicket. He is made some adjustments, a couple of little technical issues and he is been hanging out with Steve Smith and getting the psychological aspect of the sport proper, that is what it appears like.

“It has been an incredible transformation. He averages over 40 in first-class cricket now, six or seven months in the past that was within the low 30s. He is actually come on in leaps and bounds which is incredible for him and Australian cricket.”

Moreover, the Australian cricket legend added that he was happy to see so many ‘pairs’ within the aspect because it helped the gamers additional develop, citing the likes of Labuschagne and Steve Smith spending time collectively.

“I really suppose there’s a couple of pairs on this staff, which is why I actually just like the look of this present staff,” stated Ponting.

“David Warner and Joe Burns get alongside very well, you may see in the best way they run and talk of their opening partnership. Marnus and Warner have achieved fairly nicely after they’ve batted collectively and Smith and Labuschagne are like twins, they’re hanging out collectively on a regular basis.

“There’s some actually good dynamics taking place across the group, which is essential in good groups, actually in good groups I performed in. We had that brotherhood of primarily the batters all sticking collectively and the bowlers sticking collectively however we had some fairly particular partnerships, bonds in these teams.”

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