Certainly targeting that: Marnus Labuschagne wants to be part of Australia 2023 World Cup squad

Marnus Labuschagne had an underwhelming outing in the 5-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. He managed to score 24, 18, 29, 14 and 31 in his five outings.

Marnus Labuschagne has played only 21 ODI matches for Australia so far

Marnus Labuschagne has played only 21 ODI matches for Australia so far. (Courtesy: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marnus Labuschagne played all 5 ODI matches against Sri Lanka
  • Labuschagne has played only 21 ODI matches for Australia
  • Labuschagne batted at number four and five during SL ODIs

Australia batting all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne said that he is targeting to be part of Australia’s squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup, but admitted that he is yet to nail a spot in the 50-over format.

The 28-year-old had an underwhelming outing in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Batting at number four and five, Labuschagne managed to score 24, 18, 29, 14 and 31 in his five outings.

“We’re certainly targeting that (World Cup) as a group, it’s something we’re working towards and trying to get the right combinations and fits for the side, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that,” Labuschagne told cricket.com.au.

“I don’t think you can ever make a spot yours, but I certainly haven’t been performing as well as I want to in one-day cricket. I don’t feel like I’ve nailed (a position) down.

“And (part of that is) just a general lack of playing, really. We haven’t played much, and when you have those big breaks, the tempo is a little bit different from both T20 and Test cricket it’s that middle ground and sometimes it takes a bit to get used to that.”

Labuschagne, who made his ODI debut in 2020, has played 21 matches. He has scored 677 runs, including one century and four fifties, at a strike rate of 85.80.

“I certainly learnt a lot about my own game (against Pakistan and Sri Lanka). I felt like just playing more one-day cricket regardless of the results, or necessarily scoring massive runs you just learn so much that you can then take forward and use on your next tour.”

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