Marnus Labuschagne ready to slot in wherever Australia need him
Marnus Labuschagne is hoping to make his Test debut in the UAE. @Getty

Test hopeful Marnus Labuschagne, named for the first time in an Australia squad after finishing as the Sheffield Shield’s second-leading run-scorer last season, is ready to slot in wherever he can if given the nod during the two-match series against Pakistan next month.

Speaking to cricket.com.au, the 24-year-old Queensland allrounder said that the likeliest way he break into Australia’s Test XI would be in the middle order.

“At the moment, that’s probably what it does look like,” he said.  “I’ve batted everywhere, I opened at the start of my career in Shield cricket, I’ve batted three and four for the last few years for Queensland. Wherever I’m needed I’ll fit in.”

On Monday, Labuschagne spent considerable time with Australia’s head coach Justin Langer in the nets in at the ICC Academy in Dubai. “We were just talking yesterday about cover driving and just about getting a nice stable step to the ball and being nice and balanced,” he said. “It was really good to work with JL and work on something specific. I love growing, I love learning about the game and improving.”

Adding to his value in the Test series in the UAE is the fact that Labuschagne has worked on his legspin, which gives Langer and skipper Tim Paine an option as they assess the conditions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“I’ve been working really hard on my bowling and trying to improve as much as I can working a lot with Sri (spin consultant Sridharan Sriram),” said Labuschagne. “I’m trying to do my best in every facet of the game and if that means I get the nod, then great.”