Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (AFP Photo)

Marnus Labuschagne‘s debut Test series against Pakistan in the UAE might not have gone as per the plan but the allrounder has been given a potential lifeline to prove he belongs at the international level.

Against Pakistan, he scored 81 runs across four innings. His form though improved but not dramatically but as he struck 254 runs including two half-centuries in nine innings while playing for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield.

With the Big Bash League halting the first-class season, Labuschagne would have hoped for some game time in limited-overs cricket but he watched from the sidelines as his team Brisbane Heats endured a poor winless start.

But Australia’s defeat in the third Test to India has resulted in a remarkable swing of fortunes for the 24-year-old as he was summoned for the series finale in Sydney that gets underway from January 4.

Labuschagne was left overwhelmed when the news of recall reached his ears. “That was a nice moment. I’m a little bit overwhelmed but it’s another great opportunity for me – I am super excited about the news,” Labuschagne was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press. “It’s an opportunity to stand up, score big runs against the best bowling attack in the world at the moment – as a batsman you thrive on that.”

But more than his batting prowess, what seems to have worked for him is his legspin bowling. On the tour of UAE, he picked up seven wickets and going by the nature of the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) where spinners will have the say, he might be able to make the cut for the playing XI. “Previously it [the SCG] has been spin conducive, but I need to be ready to do both my roles if I am called upon,” he said.