After impressive T20 Blast, Marnus Labuschagne eyes spot in Australia’s T20 WC squad

After impressive T20 Blast, Marnus Labuschagne eyes spot in Australia’s T20 WC squad

Playing for Glamorgan, Labuschagne has been impressive in all the three departments.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images for Surrey CCC)

It has been a while since Marnus Labuschagne cemented his place in the Australian Test team. The South African-born batsman has been piling up runs consistently in the longest format, and his numbers are nothing short of staggering. His brilliance in red-ball cricket earned him a place in the ODI squad, and the 27-year-old didn’t fail to impress. Labuschagne is now eyeing to serve Australia in T20Is.

Although the star batsman is yet to make his T20I debut, he has done well in several T20 competitions, including the Big Bash League. In fact, Labuschagne has been joining a stellar run in the ongoing T20 Blast 2021. He has, so far, scored 390 runs in eight games, with his average and strike rate being over 50 and 140 respectively. If that’s not enough, the youngster has also scalped nine wickets in the competition with his leg-breaks.

Such performance would be hard to ignore for the Australian selectors, and Labuschagne is aware of the fact. The right-handed batsman has made it crystal clear that he’s determined to serve the national team across formats. However, he also opined that he can’t do anything for selection besides putting up consistent performances.

Selection is not in my hands: Marnus Labuschagne

“I want to be there, I want to be playing for Australia in all three formats, but there’s literally nothing more I can do in this format. I’ve shown some of the things I can do well and some things I need to improve, so (selection) is not in my hands. Coming back to Glamorgan, it was one of my focuses to improve my T20 game and learn how to play that role batting at three or four,” he told BBC Sport Wales.

Meanwhile, Australia’s recent T20I series against West Indies but nothing but horrendous. The Men in Yellow couldn’t do much against the defending T20 World Cup champions and lost four of the five games. Although many big names missed the series, nothing can deny that there’s room for improvement in the current crop of Aussie players. Hence, Labuschagne can be considered for the global event which takes place in UAE and Oman.

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