The Indian bowling unit have quietly gone about their business to strangle the hosts in their own backyard. With scores of below 200 across the first two tests, the Aussies have been lambasted for their approach and intent when it comes to the department which involves facing the red cherry. Ahead of the third test, Marnus Labuschagne admitted that the visitors have got the better of them, and discussed the ways in which Australia can score freely.
The hosts have had trouble with their batting, right from the top-order. The form of Joe Burns has been concerning while Labuschagne himself has been unable to convert his starts. The woes in the middle order are glaring, beginning with ace batsman Smith’s form itself. Recently crowned as the Test Cricketer Of The Decade, Smith is yet to cross double figures across four innings so far.
Speaking to the media, Labuschagne asserted the need for intent and attacking the Indian bowlers to shift the course of pressure.
“I think they have been very disciplined in their bowling and their plans with both spin and pace. I think they have really held that straight line. That made us face a lot of balls, striking at about two runs an over. It is for us to make sure that there are going to be small opportunities for us to showing intent and attacking them,” Labuschagne said
Moreover, he also noted India’s use of leg-side dominant fields which has slowed their scoring rate drastically.
The South African born batsman claimed that the team is planning to attack certain bowlers, but refused to divulge any further details than that. He added apart from the plans of targeting a bowler, the team are looking to work on the basics as well.
“I certainly don’t want to share the plans with you guys otherwise they will know exactly what is coming. But definitely, we will talk about once again rotating the strike, finding your boundary options, the normal things you talk about facing any bowling attack. How you can get the upper hand against a certain bowler at a certain time of the game,”
“I think they are all the things we are always talking about making sure that when we come into the Test we are brave enough to take on those options when they arise,” Labuschagne concluded
Australia will look to bounce back from their Boxing Day defeat in the third test in Sydney, a venue where they found immense success in the limited-overs series.
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