LAHORE: Australia’s top-order and the top-ranked Test batter Marnus Labuschagne reviewed Australia’s historic tour to Pakistan and called it an eye-opening experience.
In the 39th podcast, released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Labuschagne shared his experience and revealed that the country exceeded his expectations.
“There was a lot of talk about the security and I alongside the whole team felt extremely safe here,” he said.
“It has been a really eye-opening experience to what Pakistan is like. You have a lot of speculations when you haven’t been to a country and paint a picture in mind but the country itself exceeded my expectations in terms of the picture and the people are about,” he added.
The right-handed batter further commented about the hospitality of the nation and revealed it almost felt like a home series.
“Pakistani people have really accepted the Australian team and it almost felt like a home game with the number of crowd cheers in our support was simply amazing,” he said.
“They are amazing and lovely people and I myself have exceeded to accepting to the Australians, that they are so welcoming,” he added.
Labuschagne then went on to comment about Babar Azam’s heroic knock in the fourth innings of the Karachi Test, saying, “If it wasn’t for him, we would have won that game.”
The top-ranked Test batter further heaped praises on the Pakistan pacers and said he was really impressed with them for keep coming back.
“I have been really impressed with the Pakistani quicks, just the way they kept coming back on a pitch that doesn’t offer you much,” he said.
“I looked at their paces and they just kept banging the wickets and hanging around 140 kph mark regardless of what time of the day it is,” he added.
The top-ranked Test batter then lauded young Pakistani opening batter Abdullah Shafique saying, “He is a very good player and probably a really good find for Pakistan.”