Labuschagne expects packed schedule once cricket resumes

With several tours being rescheduled in an already congested calender, the Australian batsman feels players will be expected to play a lot more than usual.

Marnus Labuschagne

Marnus Labuschagne walks off to a standing ovation from the crowd   -  AP

Australian run-machine Marnus Labuschagne is gearing up for a packed schedule to make up for the time lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic once cricket resumes.

All cricket is on hold right now due to the pandemic sweeping through the globe with several tours and tournaments being either cancelled or postponed.

“There is going to be a lot of tours that will need to be made up,” Labuschgne told Australian Associated Press.

“There’s going to be a whole heap of cricket in a very short time frame. We’ll be making up for missed time, that schedule is just going to be packed.”

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Australia’s ODI series against New Zealand was called off after the first match, while the T20 World Cup is facing an uncertain future.

With several tours being rescheduled in an already congested calender, Laubuschagne feels players will be expected to play a lot more than usual.

“It’s going to be a bit different to what we’re used to. We’re going to have to be ready coming out of this break to play heaps and heaps of cricket.”

The 25-year-old, who rose to fame after coming in as Steve Smith’s concussion substitute in the Ashes last year, is disappointed to see the English county season also suffer.

“It’s very sad. I really enjoyed it last year. I loved Glamorgan, hence why I signed a two-year extension. It’s disappointing to see them and England cricket in trouble,” he said.

Several boards like Cricket Australia are facing a financial crisis and the youngster feels the entire cricket community should come together and do whatever is in their hands to get the sport going again.

“It’s our responsibility, cricket on the whole, to make sure once this period is over that we get games on television and get the sport started again. We need to support each other,” he added.

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