When Marnus Labuschagne ran to the Australian team for the final test against India in Sydney earlier this month, he learned about India's extraordinary bowling attack in the same way as all of us: by watching the series on television.
Labuschagne, who was the surprise choice for the second time in three months after his surprise call to the Test side at UAE in October, has driven pine for the Brisbane Heat at KFC Big Bash, hoping for a lively batting of batting mix. , sharp turns and sharp sharpness will give him a start together with people like Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum. His latest hit is for Queensland at JLT Sheffield Shield, more than three weeks before the start of the fourth Test.
But it was a case from the bench and into big time for the left-hander, who made 38 in his return to the Test side hit on number 3, impressing Ricky Ponting enough for the former Test captain to lock him in as an Ashes tourist later this year.
But before England, there was Sri Lanka, and possibly for Labuschagne, the initial test in the plot of his house in Gabba.
"You always dream of playing a Test at home in front of your family and all your friends," he told media at the Brisbane venue today ahead of Thursday's first Test under the light. "This will be a dream come true if I get a nod coming Thursday, but there are some good competitions around, and it's always good to have on the team – when it's competing for places – because that means you have to keep appearing to stay on the team . "
This time, Labuschagne has been given more traditional preparations, highlighted by an unofficial pink-ball warm-up match against the tourists last week, where he made six and 50, and took a few goals.
"In the preparation stage (being there from the start) is not (helping), because you clearly work with everyone and prepare the team continuously, rather than entering (late)," said the South African-born South African-born resident.
"When I entered (against India), I entered from just watching Test on TV and getting information like that.
"Even though they are in the squad (from the start) and can really prepare and prepare for the Test series, it certainly helps."
Labuschagne could be one of as many as four Queenslanders in Australia's top six despite being given the melting nature of the current home team's beating, he could also be one of two, along with the main players and Bulls captain Usman Khawaja.
The 24-year-old added that in times of uncertainty, some certainty has been taken in the overflow of batsmen in groups that have local knowledge.
"We have many Queensland players who have played many matches at Gabba," he said. "Many people have used old Joe (Burns), and Matt (Renshaw), even though Matt is inexperienced but he plays a lot of games at Gabba … and bats & # 39; Uzzie & # 39; (Khawaja) at three o'clock for Queensland and have played many games here.
"Goals tend to be a little different for the Test game than in the first class. Maybe there is a little more grass in the first class game and with the morning starting there might be a little more moisture.
"I would say there will not be as much moisture as there will be at 10:00 a.m., and maybe the grass is a little above it.
"But it's always a good goal because there is always a good carry, and obviously it provides opportunities with balls and bats."
Test Series of the v Sri Lanka Domain
Australia: Team Paine (c / week), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Head of Travis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle
Srilanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Lakanhan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, punu Kumara Chameera, Kasun Rajitha
Jan 24-28: First Test, Gabba (D / N)
February 1-5: Second Test, Canberra