“It was like a game of chess”

Marnus Labuschagne also said that Ravichandran Ashwin is good at evaluating hitters.

Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo by Jason McCawley – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Loyal Aussie hitter Marnus Labuschagne opened up against Indian spin bowling legend Ravichandran Ashwin. Labuschagne said Ashwin is good at judging hitters and added that’s why he likes to face Ashwin.

Labuschagne also said the best part of his battle with Ashwin was the field placements in place for him. The Aussie hitter also said his battle with Ashwin felt like a game of chess to him.

“He’s very good at evaluating batsmen, and that’s why I liked playing him. He picked up on some of the things that I do when I play certain shots. What I liked the most about Ashwin was the pitches he had for me and the way I was trying to move the pitch in my effort to score points. Just the way we both were able to cut and change in the middle of a gripping pass. was almost like a game of chess. He played beautifully in Melbourne… got some early wickets with the leg slip,” Labuschagne said in a chat with Sportstar.

I can challenge myself when I visit the subcontinent: Marnus Labuschagne

Marnus Labuschagne also added that the two Steve Smith and himself played Ashwin well in Sydney last year. Adding that the Aussies have planned a few trips to the subcontinent ahead of their India tour, Labuschagne said he can challenge himself ahead of the series against India on the tracks in the subcontinent. Labuschagne concluded by stating that Sydney’s wicket was better, as it could be trusted on the rebound.

“Smith and I played it well in Sydney. We have a few sub-continental tours ahead of my next trip to India, and hopefully I can challenge myself in those conditions. I have a few tricks up my sleeve. In Sydney the wicket was better, you could trust the rebound and play those shots from the side of the leg,” Labuschagne concluded.

Labuschagne will next be seen in action when Australia take on Pakistan in a three-game Test series in March.

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