‘My job is to appeal’: Marnus unrepentant about ‘comical’ video reviews, Anderson axed: Talking Points

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Marnus Labuschagne copped plenty of criticism for his over-enthusiastic appeals for video reviews during the Ashes but the Australian batter says he won’t be changing his approach.

Labuschagne started trending on social media on day five of the drawn fourth Test in Sydney when the hosts were pushing for wickets to secure victory and he made a couple of errors while appealing.

He campaigned for Pat Cummins to review a potential Jack Leach caught behind off Scott Boland which was overturned after earlier receiving plenty of derision when he was the only fielder to go up when Jos Buttler played and missed at a delivery from the skipper.

Replays showed it was a long way from the edge of Buttler’s bat.

Labuschagne told The Unplayable podcast that the team had a process in deciding whether to review on-field verdicts in which the slips cordon and keeper Alex Carey work in concert with Cummins.

“Those guys are front on to the ball right so they’ve got the noise and the visual. Being at cover or point, I’ve got no insight of how close the ball is to the bat. All I have is noise and timing,” he said.

“On the one that we reviewed, the reason we reviewed it is because there’s about seven people that went up and everyone thought noise and the timings were good.

“It has been a little bit of a comical view because I appeal, but I only appeal because I heard a noise. I’m not doing it to try and sort of stand out or do something that’s out of the ordinary.

“With that [Buttler] one in particular, no one else went up and that’s how it goes sometimes and obviously we didn’t review that because Pat exactly said, mate he missed that by a fair way’ and I said perfect. I can’t see that. All I can go off is noise.

“If you’re standing at second or first [slip] or keeper you’ve got the noise matching up with the gap between bat and ball but when you’re at cover you don’t have that. When I hear a noise, I don’t wait for everyone to appeal. I appeal because I thought it was bat.

“It looked a bit silly and I’ve copped a bit of heat for appealing but at the end of the day, your job is to ask the question of the umpire. That’s it.

“It’s not my fault that everyone gets to watch it 400 times on super slow-mo and see that he missed the ball by a ball’s width.

“You see the funny side but that’s why there’s a process.”

Labuschagne also said he had made adjustments to his technique after being dismissed three times in as many innings by Mark Wood in the past two Tests in the lead-up to the Ashes series finale in Hobart.

He also revealed he spent eight hours at the Kookaburra factory recently checking out their equipment and deciding which new bats he would add to his kitbag.

Anderson denied Ashes farewell in Australia

England have omitted James Anderson from what would have been his farewell Test in Hobart, missing out on the chance to bowl on a greentop after the tourists won the toss and sent Australia in.

Triple M commentator Brad Haddin was critical of the move with the former Australian keeper suggesting the pressure is on the pace quartet of Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and recalled duo Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes to step up in the absence of England’s most prolific wicket-taker in history.

Anderson has taken 640 wickets in 169 Tests, including eight at a cost of just 23.27 per victim in the three matches he’s been selected this series to have the best average of any English bowler in the Ashes.

“Jimmy Anderson is not playing on this wicket and there’s some pressure on these bowlers to get 20 wickets from England,” Haddin said.

“If Joe Root wins the toss and bowls and they have a bad day with no Anderson in this team on that wicket, good luck.”

Former English captain Michael Vaughan has called on the team to move into a new era by telling Anderson it’s time to hang up his boots.

Anderson responded in his London Telegraph newspaper column by saying: “I read that my future is the ‘elephant in the room’ according to Michael Vaughan’s Telegraph column this week. It is not the elephant in the room because the captain and coach know exactly what my thoughts are on it. They have told me their thoughts too. They want me around and to carry on. As long as that is the case, it is not an elephant in any room. We are talking openly about it and I wrote last week that everyone’s future is in doubt. It always happens when you get beaten heavily in an Ashes series.

“For me, if I have the chance to play I will do my best and keep having conversations. I will keep talking to whoever about my future. I feel I can still offer something to this team and hopefully I will get the chance to do so.”

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