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Labuschagne aims to find answers against Broad ahead of Lord's Test

Last updated on 26 Jun 2023 | 07:06 AM
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Labuschagne aims to find answers against Broad ahead of Lord's Test

The right-handed batter credited the England seamer for his homework but vowed to make amends in the second game at the Home of Cricket

Australia recorded a thrilling two-wicket win on the final day of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, with Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon leading the charge with an unbeaten 55-run stand for the ninth wicket. 

While the visiting side are 1-0 up in the five-match series, Marnus Lasuschange and Steve Smith endured a tough outing in the first game. Australia's number three admitted to being undone by the lack of pace and bounce at Edgbaston. 

"When you get out first ball, you just throw it in the bag. Potentially I thought that they were going to come straight, and then he got a nice ball that swung in the right area," he said, as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo. 

"With a lack of bounce at Edgbaston, it sucks you into thinking you can hit the ball a bit more, and I just made a few poor decisions against balls that were really wide. They'd be eighth or ninth stump, some of those deliveries.

"They were very uncharacteristic dismissals to how I've usually played, that's why I was pretty frustrated with myself to get out that way and asked myself the question, 'why did I play at those deliveries," he added. 

The 29-year-old insisted that he does not want to overthink the mode of his dismissals heading into the second game. "I've come up with my own summation of what that is. Now it's if there's anything I can do tactically or technically to make sure it doesn't happen again."

"It's a rarity that I'd play at those balls, so it's not something I'm going to overthink, but I hold myself to a much higher standard than those dismissals."

"That first and only ball I got in the first innings was a very nice ball. I haven't faced Stuart Broad where he's really been able to swing it away. He usually angles in, and that one definitely swung. He's 2 and 0 now, so he's done his homework," Labuschange said. 

"First ball, most of the time you just play and miss at that, then you go 'okay', you can make the adjustments out there. I said this about Ashwin, guys who take the time to do the homework, understand the game, and work out how they're going to get certain guys out."

"I've got so much respect for them, so if they're putting the time and effort in and it pays off, that's a credit to them," he concluded. 

England and Australia will lock horns in the second Ashes Test, which is set to begin on Wednesday, June 28, at the Lord's Cricket Ground. 

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