Marnus Labuschagne was relieved when he got the go-ahead to play in the ‘Boxing Day Test against Pakistan after a rough hit on his finger during the first match in Perth.
Khurram Shahzad’s delivery caused a nasty blow to Labuschagne’s right hand early in the second innings, leading to his dismissal for just two runs.
Cameron Green, eager to reclaim his spot in Australia’s starting lineup, sent his well wishes via text before Labuschagne went for a scan. However, Labuschagne playfully brushed off Green’s hopes, saying it would take something really serious to keep him from playing.
Following Australia’s dominant 360-run victory, several batters, including Labuschagne, sported bruises due to the challenging pitch conditions at Perth Stadium on day four. Despite criticisms about the pitch favoring the bowlers, Labuschagne refrained from labeling it as unsafe, acknowledging that batting under such conditions was tough for everyone.
As Australia announced their squad for the second Test, Labuschagne found his place secured. The team reduced the squad to 13 members, omitting Lance Morris, who will return to the Perth Scorchers for the Big Bash. The squad for the upcoming Test includes stalwarts like Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and Usman Khawaja alongside Labuschagne.
In physical knocks and a challenging pitch, Labuschagne’s determination to play remains unwavering as Australia gears up for the next showdown against Pakistan.