Australia captain Aaron Finch has backed in-form but uncapped ODI batsman Marnus Labuschagne to perform during the upcoming three-match series against India.
The tourists will be skippered by Finch, with Labuschagne named as the newest inclusion, fresh from a swashbuckling Test summer with the bat.
He hasn’t debuted at ODI level but impressed in the domestic one-day with Queensland earlier in the season, scoring 364 runs from six knocks.
“We know he won’t be overawed by the occasion,” Finch said about Labuschagne>.
“He’s come back in to Test cricket after missing out on the start of the Ashes and dominated. He’s been unbelievable.
“Hopefully he can continue that.”
“When you’re picking a side there has to be a spot there,” Finch said.
“Whether it’s (Steve) Smith moving to 3, or Marnus or Handscomb fighting for that number four spot, it comes down to being in the right place a the right time and having the right matchup.”
Finch added he was hopeful the Aussies could carry on their Test form in India, having also won a five-game ODI series in the subcontinent 3-2.
“The form the guys are bringing and the way the guys are playing and dominating,” he said.
“The guys are going to come into this series full of confidence and in really good form.”