Labuschagne has been practising batting on his house balcony on a rubber mat laden with items of taped aluminium sheeting to attempt to emulate the variable bounce and switch of Pakistan wickets as Australia readies for its first tour there since 1998.
The Australian quantity three mentioned he had tried one thing comparable earlier than heading to England for a county season in 2019 which culminated in a robust Ashes sequence later that yr.
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“I tried to create a wicket and a ball that nipped around a lot but didn’t bounce, because one of the big factors when you go to England is it nips and swings and it seams but the ball sort of hits the stumps from a shorter length,” he instructed reporters on Monday.
“So (it’s) a little bit of a similar thing going to Pakistan.
“I assumed, ‘Well, what’s one of the best ways I can recreate spin … so (that) some spin, some slide and you may’t actually predict what it is doing, so you’ve to come up with a plan and a way.
“That was the thought behind it.”
Pakistan shall be Australia’s first Test tour for the reason that 2019 Ashes, the place Labuschagne loved a break-out sequence with the bat.
Two-and-a-half years on, he topped the ICC Test batting rankings final month, after averaging 41.87 in Australia’s 4-0 defeat of England within the 2021/22 Ashes.
“I feel very privileged to be currently the number one but I also feel the challenge,” he mentioned.
“You know I haven’t played much away from home.
“So I’m actually wanting ahead to the problem and hopefully to rise up within the totally different circumstances.”