Marnus Labuschagne has smashed his way into Twenty20 World Cup contention as his bid to become Australia’s next all-format international player continues.
The Queenslander left national coach Justin Langer in awe after scoring 51-ball century during an intra-squad practice match on Wednesday.
While he may remain out-of-favour, his latest knock certainly helps his chances.
“I want to keep making it an option,” Labuschagne said.
“I enjoy playing all formats, it was nice to get an opportunity at the top.”
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Labuschagne, known for his deeds in the longest format, appears to have a bright future in the T20 arena despite limited opportunities in the Big Bash League.
Having only played 10 matches, he has made 97 runs at an average of 12 and a strike rate of 100.
Labuschagne originally had no chance of breaking into Australia’s squad for this year’s T20 World Cup, now postponed until 2022.
“Oh, the first thing I’ll say is that his innings yesterday … absolutely sublime,” Langer said.
“It was brilliant to watch,
“What a young player, as we know. Who could have guessed his acceleration in improvement? That’s what we love to see.
“We’ve had a pretty settled T20 side over the last 12 months or so and all we can ask for is that guys bang so hard they are putting pressure on the guys in there. So, whether Marnus plays this series or not, or certainly the first game on Friday night, time will tell; we haven’t decided that yet.
“But he’s certainly done, as has always been the way since coming into international cricket, everything he possibly could.
“It was classic to watch! He was hitting Pat Cummins, the world’s best, over point for six. And his partnership with Alex Carey was just so much fun to watch. It was great watching two great young Australian players going in hard against top opposition so it was great practice.”
“Where Marcus’s next opportunity comes time will tell but he is doing everything in his powers at the moment – the way he is playing, his attitude around the group – to be knocking on the door for selection.”