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Finch backs ODI debutant Labuschagne in India

Finch backs ODI debutant Labuschagne in India Photo: TT
Australia's David Warner (L) celebrates after reaching his century (100 runs) with teammate Marnus Labuschagne (R) during the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Australia captain Aaron Finch has backed in-form but uncapped ODI batsman Marnus Labuschagne to perform during the upcoming three-match series against India.

India host Australia in a three-match ODI series, starting on January 14 in Mumbai, with the Australians flying out on Thursday.

The tourists will be skippered by Finch, with Labuschagne named as the newest inclusion, fresh from a swashbuckling Test summer with the bat.

South Africa-born Labuschagne scored 347 runs in two innings against Pakistan and 549 in six innings against New Zealand across the Test summer, including four centuries in five matches.

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.”

Labuschagne’s inclusion, along with D'Arcy Short and Peter Handscomb, comes at the expense of the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis.

“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.”

Ben somerford
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