Marnus has no reservations about England series


Australian top-order batsman Marnus Labuschagne says he has no hesitation about flying out for the United Kingdom this weekend to play in September’s white-ball series against England.

The impact of coronavirus in Australia is minor in comparison to the United Kingdom, with 23,773 confirmed cases and 438 deaths, compared to the UK’s 320,000 cases and 41,381 deaths.

However, the Australians will fly out of Perth for the UK on Sunday, with the two sides to play three T20 Internationals and three One Day Internationals from September 4.

England have already hosted numerous matches in their bio-secure bubble, providing assurances that the upcoming series will be safe, but that didn’t stop questions coming at Labuschagne when he spoke to the media on Wednesday in Brisbane.

“Not for me personally, no,” Labuschagne told reporters when asked if he had any hesitation to board the flight.

“I’ve been watching Test cricket for the last 4-5 weeks and it looks pretty sound. Their whole setup looks awesome. Their bubble looks very tight.

“All the hoops we have to jump through look very sound. I’ve got no doubt personally. I’m very excited to see the boys and get that camaraderie back but also excited to play some cricket.

“It’s been five months which is probably the longest I’ve been without playing a game.

“Obviously I’m in a different situation than some of the other guys in the team. I can understand there might have been some with people with families and kids.”


Marnus Labuschagne 100 Australia New Zealand Perth PA

Labuschagne, who burst on to the scene last year with a blistering Australian Test summer, is 26-years-old and married his wife Rebekah in 2017 but they don’t have children.

He has a thirst to play cricket, having not played since making 56 in an ODI against New Zealand in March which occurred just before that series was called off due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It’s like everyone,” he said. “It’s our job to play the game. I love the game and I want to play the game.

“I have no doubt that Cricket Australia wouldn’t send us over if it wasn’t safe. The Government wouldn’t either.

“The people behind the scenes have put in a huge effort to make this tour happen.

“It’s important that cricket continues, it’s a global game. I know I’ve enjoyed test cricket games on TV. Hopefully this adds more for the Australian public.”

By Ben Somerford, follow him on Twitter here