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Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor says Marnus Labuschagne will only now believe himself a legitimate Test cricketer after a stellar maiden century rocked Pakistan on Day 3 of the opening Test in Brisbane.
The Queenslander was masterful at the crease as he skilfully worked his way toward his first Test century, leaving the tourists with little response at the Gabba until he fell for 185 just after tea.
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The 25-year-old had only averaged 33 in Shield cricket when selectors opted for him at number three, and despite impressing in the Ashes, Taylor was assured self-belief had eluded Labuschagne until today's knock.
"Sometimes you don't know what you're capable of," Taylor exclusively told Wide World of Sports. "You're never exactly sure how you're going to go at the next level.
"You're apprehensive, you're nervous and then all of the sudden someone picks you.
When you can go out and make a hundred as Marnus did today, all of the sudden it starts to make you believe that 'I am a Test cricketer'.
"He now believes he's a Test match cricketer. He would have probably felt a bit of that after the Ashes but now it's magnified.
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"I find it hard to believe he averages 33 in Sheffield Shield cricket.
I think he now knows he's a much better player than that and the selectors should be congratulated for picking him. They obviously saw something in him that his figures didn't necessarily warrant.
"He now knows he's a better player and it's elevated him in confidence and now a Test match hundred, and a big Test match hundred, that'll only further grow his confidence in himself.
"To have a young guy who is 25 years old make his way in the team and now at number 3, who has cemented his spot for a while, is just what Australia needs."
Tripped up at 185 when he outside edged straight to gully, Labuschagne's dismissal was widely expected to cause Australia to declare leading by more than 300.
But a decision to send the tail in saw the hosts dismissed for a total of 580 and limit their time at Pakistan's top order to close the day's play.
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In total three wickets fell in a final 45-minute frenzy for Australia's attack, but Taylor questioned whether the hosts should have declared far earlier to allow a bigger bite at the tired tourists ahead of day four.
"I was a little surprised Australia didn't declare when Labuschagne got out to be honest," Taylor said.
"The lead was over 300. Rightfully so they were giving Marnus the chance to make 200, but when he was dismissed I thought Australia might just declare there and then.
"Our innings really just petered out. Our tail didn't wag a lot and in the end we got bowled out."
Taylor said it would be a big ask for Pakistan to survive beyond tea tomorrow, particularly in light of the turn Nathan Lyon was getting off the surface in the final over of the day's play.
"I think this is likely to be done by tomorrow," he said.
"Not just from the quicks, but Nathan Lyon got a number of balls to spin there late.
So he'll worry the batsman and I think it'll be a big ask to bat past tea tomorrow."
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