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Justin Langer hints at Marnus Labuschagne’s inclusion in T20 World Cup squad

Justin Langer hints at Marnus Labuschagne’s inclusion in T20 World Cup squad

Justin Langer hints at Marnus Labuschagne’s inclusion in T20 World Cup squad

According to Australia's head coach Justin Langer, the chances of Marnus Labuschagne making it to the T20 World Cup squad are quite bright.

Marnus has emerged as an unstoppable run machine for Australia since he first replaced Steve Smith at the Ashes 2019. He scored a fantastic 191 in the Sheffield Shield final last month to take his side to title glory.

The stylish right-hander hasn't made his international T20 debut yet but has shown a lot of potential in white-ball cricket in just 13 ODI matches where he averages close to 40 and a strike rate of 91 is particularly attractive.

Langer is extremely sure that Marnus will play all three formats of the game because of his great technique and ability to perform in tough situations.

“That’s why I think Marnus Labuschagne is such a breath of fresh air and I am absolutely certain he will be able to play all three forms of the game. He will be a superstar in all three forms of the game because he’s got such a great base of technique,” Langer told The Road to the Ashes.

The former left-handed opener of Australia maintained that a lot of potentially good players are getting sidetracked by glamour and money.

“But I think a lot of people are getting sidetracked by the glamour and potential money. Remember the big money only goes to the best players and the smart player will be building a really strong foundation of technique and concentration and can play all three forms of the game,” he added.

While stressing the importance of Test cricket, Langer stated that he'd be willing to teach his kids the art of playing red-ball cricket because it gives you a chance to succeeding in all three formats of the game.

“It’s probably the opposite to what people are expecting me to say here, but I would be teaching my kids to play red-ball cricket because the more you learn the art of batting, the more chance you’ve got of being successful in all three forms,” the Australian coach said.

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