Australia’s Test number three responds to reports of unrest between himself and coach Justin Langer

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VideoBig Bash: Marnus Labuschagne has been in stellar form with ball in hand for the Brisbane Heat, but against the Perth Scorchers he was taken to the cleaners.

Australia’s number three Marnus Labuschagne has responded to reports of unrest within the camp after days in the spotlight over a sandwich incident with coach Justin Langer. 

The batsman was asked by the Australian head coach not to take to the field with a toasted sandwich in his pocket due to it being a bad look, in light of what was pulled out of Cameron Bancroft’s pockets a few years ago. 

Following last night’s BBL finals thumping, Labuschagne was asked about the infamous saga, and while he didn’t directly comment on his food of choice, he showed full of support for the man in charge. 

“Mate, I love JL and I love what he brings to the team,” he said after the Brisbane Heat’s 49-run loss to the Perth Scorchers. 

“There’s always more pressure when you’re not winning games.

“We’ve got to make sure that we’re really focused when we come back as a Test squad and make sure we stay really close to each other as a group and as a coaching staff.

“We need to keep supporting each other and backing each other. That’s what I’d be saying, making sure we come together as a team.

“I think that will help unite us and help us front up as the best possible Test team when we front up again.”

Australia coach Justin Langer (left) is seen talking to Joe Burns (centre) and Marnus Labuschagne (right) during a training session at the Gabba in Brisbane, Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Australia are preparing to play Sri Lanka in the First Test starting on Thursday in Brisbane. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING
Camera IconAustralia coach Justin Langer (left) is seen talking to Joe Burns (centre) and Marnus Labuschagne (right) during a training session at the Gabba in Brisbane, Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Australia are preparing to play Sri Lanka in the First Test starting on Thursday in Brisbane. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING Credit: AAPIMAGE

Australia will struggle to qualify for the Test Championship final after having their three-Test series against South Africa called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The team was due to fly out on February 24th but the tour was postponed earlier this week. 

"We are extremely disappointed by the decision of CA," Cricket South Africa's Director of Cricket Graeme Smith.

"CSA has been working tirelessly in recent weeks to ensure that we meet every single expectation of CA.

"This was set to be our longest tour in a bio-secure environment comprising a three-match Test series that was scheduled to begin with Australia's arrival later in the month.

“So to be informed about the CA decision at the eleventh hour is frustrating."

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