Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne lauded Indian bowlers for developing with “new ideas” within the second Test that began here on Saturday, acknowledging that his side felt below stress throughout its quite disappointing first essay.
Australia had been bowled out for 195 on the opening day of the Test with pacer Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner R Ashwin sharing seven wickets between them. At stumps, India had been 36/1.
“Certainly, we could have done better. We probably had three dismissals we did not probably need to,” Labuschagne, who top-scored with a 48 from 132 balls, stated at a digital press convention facilitated by official broadcasters Sony after the day’s play.
“They (Indians) were bowling straight and (we are) not getting many runs on the off-side. Bowlers come up with new ideas to stop scoring, built pressure as they did today. I faced 130 balls (or) something (like that). That is the challenge we face as a batting group and we love it.”
On his impression of debutant India pacer Mohammed Siraj, he stated, “He is more of a swing bowler than a seam bowler. He is nearly six feet, swings away from lefties. He certainly has skills. We have to make sure we understand what they are trying to do and come back strong.” He also stated he was not affected by successful on his helmet as he was “accustomed to it” and simply “had to shake it off”.
Asked in regards to the Australians’ battle with Ashwin, he stated, “People are coming up with new ways like leg side field, bowled straight. (We) are just understanding and learning what he is doing. That is the key. We always do that as a batting group and keep better from learning.”
He stated the MCG pitch helps the bowlers a bit of bit greater than common.
“During the game, we certainly had a chat. Teams have very good bowling line-ups and there was a little bit more in it (pitch).
“There was more seam and little bit more swing today which was something (that was) probably not seen usually at the MCG. We have to adapt and make sure that we score big in the second innings.”
Asked in regards to the overview India took towards him within the 16th over after Bumrah’s LBW declare was shot down by the umpire, Labuschagne stated, “There was the technology, I am not sure (the exact thing). Lucky enough to get away with it.”