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JL Settled on XI: Aussie Batsmen Banging Down The Door

JL Settled on XI: Aussie Batsmen Banging Down The Door Photo: TT
Australia's Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his century

Marcus Stoinis and Marnus Labuschagne may have scored big runs in the lead-up to Australia’s opening T20 International against England on Friday but they miss out on selection.

Stoinis, who was the top run scorer in last season’s Big Bash League, blazed 68 from 37 balls in Tuesday’s intra-squad T20 along with a 71-ball 87 in Sunday’s 50-over match, while emerging superstar Labuschagne starred with a stunning 100 from 51 balls in the final T20.

Despite that, Australia coach Justin Langer indicated they may both miss out on the XI for Friday’s series opener in Southampton.

“He won’t displace them (Finch and Warner), they’re the best opening combination in world cricket,” Langer said about Stoinis, who opened the batting for the Melbourne Stars last BBL season.

“In my opinion I think he’s best up the top of the order. It gives him a bit more time and he’s got incredible power.

“We all know he’s an adaptable player and could play anywhere, but in my opinion he’s best at the top and it’s hard to break into that.

“Where his next opportunity comes, time will tell, but he’s doing everything possible at the moment to be knocking hard on the door for selection.”

Labuschagne’s recent rise has been staggering, emerging as a bona fide Test cricket superstar with four centuries on home soil last summer after his remarkable 2019 Ashes exploits when he was a concussion substitute for Steve Smith.

“What a young player, who could have ever guessed his acceleration in improvement,” Langer said.

“It was classic to watch, he was hitting Pat Cummins, the world’s best, over point for six.

“We’ve had a pretty settled T20 side the past 12 months, all we can ask is guys bang on the door so hard. He’s done everything he possibly could.”

Australia play England in the opening T20I of the three-games series on Friday at 6pm UK time.

Ben somerford
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