‘We're really well organised’ - Marnus Labuschagne opines over more clarity in squad selection ahead of Ashes 2023
"It's just that we're really well organised; in 2019, we weren't as set on the team, and there was probably a lot more questions about people coming back in," Labuschagne said.
Following the end of the World Test Championship, where Australia will take on India at the Oval in London from June 7, the Pat Cummins-led side will next take on England in the much-anticipated Ashes series.
Both Australia and England will face each other in five high-octane Test matches that are scheduled to begin on June 16. There would be many performances to look out for on the pitch, and one of them could be the innings of star batter Marnus Labuschagne.
Sitting atop the rankings of the best Test batter in the world, Labuschagne burst onto the scene in the 2019 Ashes, and his performance could prove to be crucial for Australia in the 2023 Ashes as well. Recently, the 28-year-old came forward to compare the clarity in the squad selection ahead of the marquee series to previous years.
"It's just that we're really well organised; in 2019, we weren't as set on the team, and there were probably a lot more questions about people coming back in; that was Steve, Dave and Cameron's first entry back into Test cricket, there wasn't that much stability, even with our bowlers," Marnus Labuschagne was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
"We played three or four different bowling attacks in three games, so there's a lot more clarity around our team, which I think creates that consistency. It creates preparation instead of people playing for spots and thinking that they're vying for a position. Everyone knows where they sit, so we can prepare and get ourselves ready," he added.
It is also worth noting that Labuschagne’s evolution has worked wonders in Australia's favour, and his performances have been key for the Pat Cummins-led side in reaching the final of the World Test Championship in 2023.
It could be interesting to see how the 28-year-old and the rest of the squad would fare in both the WTC final and the subsequent Ashes series right after that.