Labuschagne puts his weight behind Warner despite below par Ashes campaign
There were scarce moments of personal triumph for Australia's flamboyant opener David Warner who accumulated a meager 95 runs in the recently concluded high profile Ashes series but his compatriot Marnus Labuschagne has thrown his weight behind the fiery southpaw.
"All those things, when at the time it's not going your way, actually it just makes you a tougher player, and you just kind of want it more," Labuschagne was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
Labuschagne had a fantastic Ashes outing on the other hand as he cemented his spot in the side with consistent performances — he enjoyed a run feast in four tests, scoring at an impressive average of 50.42 after a surprise call as concussion substitute of Steve Smith during the second Ashes Test.
Labuschagne, who rated Warner as a "fabulous" team player said, "It was the first time I got to know Dave and I loved spending time with him. The way he conducted himself the whole tour, being under pressure and obviously he didn't score runs he would like but the way he helped the guys around like myself and the other younger guys, talking about game and about batting and just his whole demeanour was really great."
"It's a real credit to him. It was a very tough series for him personally but you look back and we won't know until end of our summer but I think that's going to make him a better player," Labuschagne added.
"The way he conducted himself around the group was just awesome. You don't look at those things now as negatives, they're positives, because you wouldn't be the player you are without those things," he said while recalling the tough phase of his career and how he lifted himself up when the chips were down.
Warner has joined his captain Tim Paine in taking some time off the game to recharge his battery while Labuschagne wants to utilize his terrific form in state cricket and is part of Queensland's squad for the upcoming Marsh Cup.
"I'd love to play, we'll see how I pull up from the flight and the amount of cricket, that's not the issue, it's just to make sure I'm ready to go and if I'm 100 percent I'll play," he remarked.