Marnus Labuschagne Endorses Star Player to Step in for David Warner as Test Opener for Australia



The topic of finding a suitable replacement for Warner is sparking debate within the Australian cricket community. Marnus Labuschagne has expressed support for Steve Smith to take over as the new opener in Test cricket following David Warner’s retirement. Labuschagne believes that Smith has the technique required to confront the challenges posed by the new red ball. He stated, “There’s probably no one you want out there more. He averages 67 at four, 62 at three, 58 at five. I’m sure if we go down that path and give it to him, he’s going to average in the 60s opening.” Labuschagne made the comments after Smith expressed his willingness to go up the top. Labuschagne explained that Smith’s beautiful technique makes him capable of combating any type of bowling, including the moving ball on a green pitch. Smith has conveyed his eagerness to take up the opening position in Test matches, a sentiment that he shared with coach Andrew McDonald. McDonald confirmed Smith’s repeated mention of this desire over the past few weeks. However, McDonald remains cautious about altering the team’s equilibrium, emphasizing the need to strike a delicate balance. Several other players are being considered as potential replacements for Warner in Tests, including Cameron Bancroft, Matt Renshaw, Marcus Harris, and Cameron Green.