Labuschagne eyes T20 chance after stellar start to Australia career
- Already a star at Test and ODI level, Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne is keen to shine in Twenty20s.
Marnus Labuschagne has made a stunning start to his Test and ODI careers and the Australia batsman is also eager to get his chance in the Twenty20 format.
Labuschagne, 25, earned a national contract last week after impressing in Tests and ODIs, formats of the game he averages 63.43 and 50.83 in respectively.
The right-hander has played just 10 T20s during his career, making 97 runs at 12.12, but is yet to represent Australia in the format.
However, Labuschagne is keen to star in all three formats for his country if he gets the chance.
"By no means do I want to limit myself to only those two formats. I definitely have ambition to play T20 cricket for Australia," he said in a video interview.
"Obviously my opportunities have been minimal and with the schedule it doesn't look like there might be too many other opportunities in that actual format.
"For me, it's about just scoring runs in one-day cricket and Test cricket for Australia and if I get opportunities down the road to make sure I take them.
"I think by no means do I want to restrict myself to being only a two-format player, I think there's definitely ambition and drive to play T20 cricket."
The break from cricket has given Marnus Labuschagne a chance to reflect on an incredible 12 months. pic.twitter.com/T0PXPr1KDg— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) May 4, 2020
In 14 Tests, Labuschagne has already made 1,459 runs, while he already has an ODI ton in just seven games.
But the South Africa-born batsman said he felt no pressure to continue delivering.
"For me it's just about making sure that my processes, that I'm prepared, that I understand what the game requires and then to make decisions upon that," Labuschagne said.
"If that means that I get runs then that's great, and if that means I miss out for me it's just about going back to the chalkboard and understanding my game and making sure I continue to learn from that."