Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne discuss growing friendship


Australia are about to embark on a tour of India with their tails up, and the belief that they can win an away series against their great rivals for the first time in 19 years – with vice-captain Steve Smith saying the batting line-up is as settled as it’s been in a long time.

The second series of Amazon’s The Test throws up plenty of intriguing storylines, but one underlying theme is that of the camaraderie between Australia’s two top batters.

Speaking with Wide World of Sports, both Smith and Marnus Labuschagne expanded on their own friendship, and how the squad has grown closer.

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Press tours are no doubt an arduous and repetitive task for anyone – but over the course of the past few years, this is a partnership that has spent plenty of time together, both on and off the pitch.

“We’re work colleagues,” Smith said bluntly – prompting a quick reply from Labuschagne.

“How many times today are you going to say the same line?” 

The pair’s friendship has grown to the point where they’ve been dubbed ‘big brother’ and ‘little brother’ by fellow batter Usman Khawaja during the documentary, which premieres on January 13.

But how much time do they spend together, really?

“Maybe a coffee or two over breakfast, tennis at lunch, going out somewhere for dinner and then maybe watch a movie or something,” Labuschagne said.

But after laughter, little brother gives a serious answer.

“We spend a fair bit of time together, especially in places like Sri Lanka where you’re by yourself, there’s not really much to do outside,” he said.

“We’ll check in, chat about what’s going on, Facetime every now and again depending on where he is or cricket-wise, if we’ve got anything. 

“When we’re talking about batting, Facetime is always nice to see where your backlift is, how to hold the bat, ‘what do you reckon’ – and over the last four years we’ve grown and become much closer.” 

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Labuschagne notes that his arrival into Test cricket coincided with the filming of the first season, and that he’s never really played at the top level without the cameras poking around.

“My start was shaky,” he said. “As a leg spinner batting at six, getting a duck and then on debut, and then getting 40 and 20 in Abu Dhabi and then sort of not playing. 

“The whole journey, and then 2019 when I came in for Steve, it’s so much different.”

At this point, Smith chimes in saying “you’re welcome”, to more laughs.

It’s clear that not just the pair of batters, but the team as a whole, is as relaxed as they’ve been in a long time.

“I think we’re a lot more settled, most of our batters have been there for a little while now,” Smith said.

“We’ve all been contributing, it’s not just one or two people, which I think is what’s made us a really good team in the last few years.”

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