When we talk about test cricket legends in recent times, there comes two names in our mind. One is Indian Run Machine Virat Kohli and the other one is Australian champion Steven Smith. These two are currently placed first and second in currentICC test Batsmen rankings list.
But another Australian great, Mark Waugh has other ideas. Speaking to Morning Herald, Waugh named young batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne the best player of the longest format at present. This might be partially true as in this Summer season at home, the right handed batsman scored 896 runs at an average of 112 runs in eight innings of the five test matches against Pakistan and New Zealand.
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The 25-year-old scored one double hundred, two 150s, one century along withthree half centuries in these eight innings. After this staller show, Marnus reached on his career best ranking in ICC test batsmen‘s rankings released recently. He has jumped to third place in ICC Test rankings with 827 points to his name just after Virat Kohli and Steven Smith.
Mark Waugh said to Sydneymorningherald.com.au., “He is probably the number one batsman in world cricket, albeit in the Test format, but I think he can carry that on into the white-ball format as well. I think he has got to bat in the top four You would imagine Finch and Warner would open, Steve Smith at three and Labuschagne at four. I think he is ideally suited at four because he can play spin well, he is a good sweeper of the ball.”
”He is going to get tested out, obviously, by the spin of India, by the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, those sorts of guys. But a batsman in form going to India is exactly what you need. I think he will go really well,” he added.
Rewarding the right hander for his record breaking feats in the last year, Cricket Australia has included him for the limited over in India. Australia is all set to visit India this January for a three match ODI Series. The first match of the series isscheduled to be held on 14th January at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.