Ind vs Aus 3rd ODI: Marnus Labuschagne has said that he is ready to step up after David Warner got ruled out from the remaining limited-over fixtures.
Labuschagne scored 70 off 61 balls batting at four in Sunday’s 66-run win in the second one-day international in Sydney but the night was soured for the hosts with a groin injury to Warner.
“He’s been a massive part of us winning this series and it is not great that we’ve lost him but like anything, it provides an opportunity for someone else to step up in the top order and make runs,” Labuschagne told reporters on Monday.
“Certainly, if I got asked to open the batting, absolutely it’s an opportunity that I would enjoy doing. But we’ll have to wait and see.”
Australia will look to sweep the ODI series 3-0 with victory in Canberra on Wednesday before the three-match T20 series gets underway in the nation’s capital.
Ind vs Aus: Cummins to also miss the remaining white-ball games
Cummins, on the other hand, has been rested ahead of the day-night clash at Adelaide Oval having played non-stop through Australia’s UK tour in August/September, the Indian Premier League in the UAE and the first two ODIs back home.
“Pat and Davie are critical to our plans for the Test series,” said coach Justin Langer, reported Cricket Australia.
“Davie will work through his injury rehab and in Pat’s case it is important all of our players are managed well to keep them mentally and physically fit throughout what is a challenging summer.
“The priority for both is being fully prepared for one of the biggest and most important home Test series we have played in recent years, especially with World Test Championship points up for grabs.”
D’Arcy Short has been named the replacement for the T20 series.
Short has been training with the Australian squad since flying over from Perth to avoid potential border closures ahead of his BBL commitments with the Hobart Hurricanes.
Ind vs Aus: Marcus Stoinis’ injury update
Allrounder Marcus Stoinis had suffered a side strain in the 1st ODI but for now will remain with the squad. According to CA, he is unlikely to bowl but can play as a batsman.