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Marnus Labuschagne laments ‘innocuous dismissals’ of set batsmen

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“We’ve certainly showed last game no matter how many you have you’re in the game”

Marnus Labuschagne has admitted that Australia’s top order has been wrestling with the fact that India have turned up for the Test series with multiple highly evolved plans to confound them, after they were bowled out for 195 on Boxing Day to follow up a first innings of just 191 in the first Test in Adelaide.

You have to go back to November 1984, when Australia were being obliterated by West Indies on the way to Kim Hughes’ resignation as captain, for the last time they failed to reach 200 in consecutive first innings; they were bowled out for 76 in Perth and then 175 in Brisbane. That the record would be matched in the season when the Australians had hoped to regain the batting initiative against India after struggling without Steven Smith and David Warner in 2018-19 says much about how India have approached their task, the sporting nature of the pitches at Adelaide Oval and the MCG, but also the profligate nature of some dismissals.

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