Marnus Labuschagne picked up his maiden Test wicket on Day 2 of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Monday. @ Getty Images
Marnus Labuschagne picked up his maiden Test wicket on Day 2 of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai on Monday. @ Getty Images

Marnus Labuschagne might have been picked for his batting, but he proved that his part-time leg-spin deliveries can come in handy for Australia. Making his debut in the first Test against Pakistan at their adopted home ground in Dubai, Labuschagne picked up his maiden wicket in Asad Shafiq on Day 2.

The 24-year-old revealed that he’s been working on bowling quicker through the air. ” I am getting it a bit faster through the air and just making sure that I bowl the right length I’ve been working really hard with Sri [Sridharan Sriram] and John Davison back home, making sure we get that length right. So, it was pleasing to see it come off today, I was able to come on and not go for too many runs and also lucky enough to get a wicket as well,” he said on Monday.

“It’s obviously very exciting to make my Test debut. I found out about my debut one or two days before the game, I just stayed nice and calm. I am just making sure that I was calm, not getting too excited. But at the same time, I was trying to enjoy the moment, but we have got a job to do for Australia.”

Australia skipper Tim Paine tried hard to break the Shafiq-Haris Sohail partnership by shuffling his bowlers. However, Labuschagne revealed it was a strategy by the Aussie that would make the opposition batsmen think differently.

“It was a change-up, a change in momentum, a change in the rhythm of the batsmen and just making them think a little bit differently about how they want to play shots and stuff like that,” he said.

“That’s probably the key, trying to get them to think a little bit differently with someone who bowls a bit of leg-spin.”

Australia bowled out Pakistan for 482 and are trailing Pakistan by 452 runs with openers Aaron Finch (13) and Usman Khawaja (17) were batting when stumps was called. “The wicket is pretty good. It has deteriorated a little bit, but I think it will hold together pretty well. So, if we can put up really good batting performance, that will put us in a really good position for the third innings,” he said.