The accidental tourist: Marnus makes most of chance after subbing in for concussed Green as Aussies edge out Proteas

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Marnus Labuschagme of Australia during the 1st Betway One Day International match between South Africa and Australia at Mangaung Oval on September 07, 2023 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Marnus Labuschagne wants to be the man Australia’s one-day team turns to in the middle order after his majestic unbeaten 80 clinched a three-wicket win over South Africa in the Bloemfontein ODI.

Labuschagne started Thursday’s clash (Friday morning AEST) out of Australia’s starting XI and finished it collecting the player-of-the-match award after being activated as Cameron Green’s concussion substitute part-way through the run chase.

Labuschagne hopes the innings can prove the turning point in his endeavours to repair his faltering white-ball game.

“When I came back from the Ashes, I had three to four weeks off, then went back to the drawing board and really thought about what I wanted to improve in my one-day game,” said Labuschagne, whose 53.36 Test average dwarfs the 31.37 he had averaged in ODIs before his Bloemfontein knock.

“That’s gone really downhill and I really didn’t like that,” he said.

Marnus Labuschagme. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)<

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