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Sport The answer to Australia's No.3 woes: Chappell

14:12  24 november  2019
14:12  24 november  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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If there's one thing to take from Australia's comprehensive Test victory over Pakistan it's that a top order is forming, and Marnus Labuschagne is integral to the equation.

The 25-year-old walked away with Man of the Match honours after notching his maiden Test century with a memorable 185 in front of his home crowd at the Gabba.

His effort, alongside a 222-run opening partnership between Joe Burns and David Warner may just be the earliest of signs that Australia is finally loosening its dependence on Steve Smith.

But it's the way in which Labuschagne holds himself that has pundits casting lofty expectations.

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“While Australia ’ s batting is questionable, with their two best players, Steven Chappell further said, “A confident and in-form Rohit Sharma would be an ideal player to bolster the batting in Australia . Apart from Cheteshwar Pujara, no player was prepared to alter the offspinner’s flight path by leaving

a man wearing a hat: Marnus Labuschagne© Getty Marnus Labuschagne

An aggressive attitude with the bat and maturity beyond his years, Labuschagne looks to be firming as the answer to Australia's No.3 woes.

It's that special combination that has Australian cricketing Ian Chappell more than comfortable in the Labuschagne's ability to own the position, and a task the Queenslander had no hesitations in conquering.

"Marnus is an aggressive player and the good news is he wants that job," Chappell told Wide World of Sports.

"When he first came into the Australian side there was a bit of conjecture about number three and he basically said, 'Well, I'm happy to do it'.

a man holding a racket: Marnus Labuschagne© Getty Marnus Labuschagne

"When blokes volunteer, particularly when you had guys like Michael Clarke going back a bit, Joe Root and Steve Smith, they're all blokes who I've thought should be batting three, they're looking to avoid it.

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"Then here's this young kid saying I'll bat there. So that tells me a lot about the guy, and it's all good."

Labuschagne had only averaged 33 in Shield cricket when selectors opted for him at number three, and despite impressing in the Ashes, former Australian skipper Mark Taylor was assured the Queenslander had now proven to himself he was finally a Test cricketer with his maiden ton

"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.

a man holding a baseball bat on a field: Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his maiden Test century© Getty Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his maiden Test century

"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.

"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."

Australia will look to wrap up the series when they next face Pakistan in a day-night Test in Adelaide on Friday.

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