Marnus Labuschagne calls on Australia to be adaptable

KISHAN VAGHELA AT LORD'S: The Australia and Glamorgan allrounder has revealed that the Ashes holders have not discussed particular plans to face Jofra Archer


Australia allrounder Marnus Labuschagne has urged his Australian teammates to be adaptable ahead of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

The holders of the urn take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday's match after a crushing 251-run win over England at Edgbaston.

But Labuschagne, who has impressed with both bat and ball for Glamorgan this season, has called for no let up in their efforts, and maintains his side have not discussed particular ways of dealing with England's pace bowler Jofra Archer, who is expected to replace the injured James Anderson.

"We haven't really talked much about his [Archer's] inclusion yet. We know he is a quality bowler but we are ready for it and obviously they have played white ball with him.

"He is not unknown with the red ball but he has definitely made his remarks with the white ball.


"With the red ball it is going to be a different game so we need to make sure we are adaptable and make sure we are on our game."

Labuschagne himself took two wickets and scored 24 runs for Australia in their recently concluded tour match against Worcestershire, but the 25-year-old insists the same motto of consistency applies to him every time he steps onto the field.

"My role in the team is just to be consistent with my bowling and the different role I have to play, whether that is a wicket-taking role or a holding role I just need to make sure I am ready for whatever role that is and be adaptable to the conditions.

"Obviously I am a batter first and so I have got to keep putting runs on the board in every game that I play, and you are always going to want the extra bowler in flatter conditions where you might need to give your bowlers a bit of a rest.

"But I am not a selector, that is not my role, I am just ready to play in every game that I get called on."

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