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Australia needs to come up with ways to put India under pressure: Marnus Labuschagne

By Bet Barter

January 3, 2021

After suffering a defeat in the Boxing Day Test, the hosts are looking to make a comeback against India in Sydney. Team India came up with a stunning bowling performance, and they didn't let Australia score above 200 in both innings. The third match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin on January 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, the hosts are searching out ways to counter the visitors.

Before the commencement of the next Test match, star batsman Marnus Labuschagne stated that the team needs to do something to put the pressure back on India. Labuschagne viewed that the Australian team needs to be utterly disciplined during the pre-match virtual conference before it's too late.

Marnus Labuschagne is the leading run-scorer for Australia in the ongoing Test. He further commented on his team batting standards and said that the team needs to keep grinding and get better.

The Indian side has missed out on the services of some of their key players. They bounced back from the Adelaide defeat and won the second Test by 8 wickets. India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane led the side so brilliantly that even Umesh Yadav absence in the second innings didn't affect India's victory. Now, both India and Australia will gear up to square off against each other in Sydney.

Recently the BCCI confirmed that Umesh had been ruled out of the last two Tests after sustaining an injury in Melbourne. Tamil Nadu left-arm pacer T Natarajan is going to him and make his Test debut.

Australia needs to find the boundary options, says Labuschagne

Labuschagne has managed scores of 47, 6, 48, and 28 across the first two matches. It is the most by an Australian batsman so far in the entire series. However, the batsman hasn't managed to bat on for more extended periods with the Indian bowlers keep him in check. The batsman revealed that his team would certainly have to find ways to play more scoring shots.

Australia's No.3 batsman further stated that the excellent bowling by the Indian bowlers has slowed down Australia's scoring rate. He said that the side has to be disciplined. Labuschagne also feels the key for the hosts will be to rotate the strike and find the boundary options. The Queensland batsman mainly focussed on spinner R Ashwin as he is the joint-leading wicket-taker in the series. Ashwin has claimed 10 wickets at an average of 17.7.

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