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Marnus Labuschagne

Labuschagne keen to play T20Is for Australia

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Marnus Labuschagne, who has enjoyed a breakout year in Tests and ODIs, is keen to be a part of Australia's plans in the T20I format as well.

Labuschagne has featured in 14 Tests and seven ODIs since his debut in 2018, becoming a regular in the XI after his heroics in the Ashes last year. He averages an incredible 63.43 in Tests and 50.83 early in his career in ODIs. However, he is yet to play a T20I match, and has played just 10 T20 games all career.

"By no means do I want to limit myself to those two formats, I definitely have the ambition to play T20 cricket for Australia," the batsman said in an online press conference.

"My [T20] opportunities have been minimal and with the schedule, it doesn't look like there might be too many other opportunities, but for me, it's about scoring runs in one-day and Test cricket and if I get opportunities down the road then make sure I take them."

His recent feats earned Labuschagne a place in the latest Cricket Australia contracts. That has served as added incentive for him to keep improving. For now, though, he is making the most of the break in cricket to reflect on the year gone by. 

Video cwc19 16 Jan 20
ICC Awards: Marnus Labuschagne, 2019 Emerging Cricketer of the Year,

"That's probably one of the major parts in this period, just to sit back and think about everything that's happened," he said. "It has been a really special year for me, there's no doubt about that, the way things have unfolded has been awesome.

"It's been about taking it all in, being happy and proud about that, then looking at how I can get better, looking at different parts of your game on field and off field that you can work on in this period to continually get better."

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