Former captain and current Chief Selector of the Australian cricket team, George Bailey, has provided insight into why Marnus Labuschagne has not been included in the 18-member Kangaroo squad chosen for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, scheduled to begin in India on October 5, 2023.
Australia announced their squad on August 7, Monday, and all eyes are on Pat Cummins who will lead the Kangaroo team in the upcoming World Cup.
It is worth mentioning that Australia is set to face New Zealand in a 3-match One Day International series in September, where Marnus Labuschagne will be seen playing. During the announcement of this schedule, George Bailey shared with journalists,
“We are aware that Marnus is quite capable of securing a place in the One Day team based on his outstanding performances, but we haven’t consistently seen him in the role we desire. Truth be told, we see Marnus as someone who is evolving into a key component of Australia A, where he can focus on white-ball cricket.”
“It’s clear that the team we have for the South Africa tour is our best pick in the context of the World Cup. However, considering Marnus Labuschagne’s skillset and age, there is no doubt in our minds that he will play a significant role for Australia in One Day cricket in the future.”
The Australian team comprises :-
Pat Cummins (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, and Adam Zampa