Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne praised Indian bowlers for coming up with “new ideas” in the second Test that began on Saturday, acknowledging that his side was under pressure in his rather disappointing first essay. Australia was eliminated for 195 on the opening day of the Test, with pacemaker Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner R Ashwin sharing seven wickets. By stumps, India was 36/1. “Sure, we could have done better. We probably had three layoffs that we probably didn’t need,” said Labuschagne, who scored the highest with a 48 out of 132 balls, at a virtual press conference facilitated by Sony’s official broadcasters. after playing the day. .
“They (Indians) were bowling straight ahead and (we) don’t get many runs outside of the game. Bowlers come up with new ideas to stop scoring, they built up pressure like they did today,” he added.
“I faced 130 balls (or) something like that. That’s the challenge we face as a batting group and we love it.”
The 22-year-old right-handed batsman said his side would learn from his performance in the first innings and try to score big in the second essay.
“There is no need to have six batsmen (run) every innings, sometimes it’s one or two.
“It’s a big job for the batting unit, whoever is there on the day, it could be me or someone else in the top rank, he’ll have to get high scores.”
When asked about the Australians’ struggle with Ashwin, he said, “People are coming up with new ways, like the leg side field, straightened.
“(We) just understand and learn what he does. That’s the key. We always do that as a group and keep learning better.”
He said the MCG field is helping bowlers a little bit more than usual. “We certainly had a chat during the game. Teams have very good bowling lineups and there was a bit more to it (pitch).
“There was more seam and a little more swing today, which (that was) probably wasn’t normal with the MCG. We need to adjust and make sure we score well in the second innings.”
When asked about the review India took against him in the 16th after Bumrah’s LBW claim was shot by the referee, Labuschagne said, “There was the technology, I’m not sure (the exact thing). Fortunately enough to get away with it. . “
Speaking of his impression of debutant India pacer Mohammed Siraj, he said: “He’s more of a swing bowler than a seam bowler. He is nearly six feet tall and swings away from left-handers.
“He certainly has skills. We need to make sure we understand what they’re trying to do and come back strong.”
He also said he didn’t suffer from a blow to his helmet because he was “used to it” and “just had to shake it off”.
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