Ashes 2023: An important injury update on Marnus Labuschagne has been provided by Australia’s assistant coach, Michael Di Venuto, ahead of the second Ashes Test on Wednesday, June 28, at Lord’s in London.
On Saturday, June 24, Labuschagne got hit in the right hand during a practice session, prompting concerns regarding whether he would be ready to play in the match.
Labuschagne was noticed on his knees during the training session holding his right index finger after receiving a blow during a throwdown. However, Leigh Golding, the team doctor, immediately examined him, and he managed to shortly continue training.
Assistant coach Michael Di Venuto stated that despite the injury concern, Labuschagne was fine as he batted again rather than leaving the practice. Di Venuto noted that Labuschagne had received a few knocks to his finger but kept going, so he must have been okay. As the blood began to flow through the finger, Labuschagne claimed that it felt better and gave some relief.
Ashes 2023: Marbus Labuschagne’s performance has not been upto the mark
Labuschagne’s recent Test performance against India and England has not been impressive. In the World Test Championship final, he scored just 67 runs in total, but in the following Test against England at Edgbaston, he only managed to score an awful 0 and 13 runs in the first Ashes match.
With Joe Root of England overtaking him following his amazing century in the first Ashes Test, he lost his top position in the ICC Test batting rankings.
Despite Labuschagne’s recent issues, Australia is currently ahead in the five-match Ashes series 1-0, and they will be determined to increase their lead in the upcoming Test at Lord’s. Labuschagne is also going to be attempting to find his form and provide big innings to give his team.
Labuschagne’s fitness continues to be treated favorably by the Australian team, and his involvement in the second Ashes Test is expected. As both teams compete for series control, cricket fans will eagerly watch his performance in the Ashes series.