Ashes setback will make David Warner tougher, better: Marnus Labuschagne
The way he (David Warner) conducted himself around the group was just awesome: Marnus Labuschagne (AFP Image)

Australia allrounder Marnus Labuschagne has backed David Warner to come back stronger after his woeful outing in the Ashes 2019. Warner, from 10 innings, scored 95 runs at a dismal average of 9.5, with a highest of 61 at Leeds. This included three ducks in a row, and seven dismissal to Stuart Broad, summing up a forgettable series for the 32-year-old.

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But despite a forgettable series, Labuschagne felt Warner showed tremendous grit and courage and that a bad series will only make Warner stronger. Besides Labuschagne, Warner has also received support from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and head coach Justin Langer, who despite a poor Ashes, believes Warner is a certainty for the series against Pakistan.

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“It was the first time I got to know Dave and I loved spending time with him,” Labuschagne said. “The way he conducted himself the whole tour, being under pressure and obviously he didn’t score runs he would like (but) the way he helped the guys around like myself and the other younger guys, talking about game and about batting and just his whole demeanour was really great.

“It’s a real credit to him. It was a very tough series for him personally but you look back and we won’t know until end of our summer but I think that’s going to make him a better player. The way he conducted himself around the group was just awesome. All those things, when at the time it’s not going your way, actually it just makes you a tougher player, and you just kind of want it more. You don’t look at those things now as negatives, they’re positives, because you wouldn’t be the player you are without those things.

Labuschagne returned to Brisbane having emerged as Australia second-highest scorer in the series tallying 353 runs from seven innings at an average of 50.42 next to Steve Smith’s incredible tally of 774 runs. Since coming in as a concussion substitute for Smith where he scored 59, Labuschagne peeled off two more fifties and now sets his sights on the Marsh Cup where he’ll be representing Queensland.

Scoring runs remains Labuschagne’s top priority. Ever since his debut against Pakistan, the 25-year-old has climbed his way to the Australian XI and understands the only way to keep his place in the side is to turn up and perform well wherever he can.

“I’d love to play, we’ll see how I pull up from the flight and the amount of cricket, that’s not the issue, it’s just to make sure I’m ready to go and if I’m 100 per cent I’ll play,” he said.

“Obviously I want that spot but at the end of day my job is to just keep scoring runs,” Labuschagne said. “It doesn’t matter what game it is, whether it’s this Sunday in the Marsh Cup, or the first (Marsh Sheffield) Shield game. You’ve just got keep your focus that small because if you get too far ahead that’s when you start putting unnecessary pressure on yourself, and you find yourself missing out in a game and find yourself starting to think about it too much.

“I’ve loved playing for Australia this (norther) summer, it’s been a real privilege and a great series to be a part of, it probably goes down as one of the best.”