Golden boy Marnus backed to show ODI skill

Rob Forsaith
Marnus Labuschagne has posted the first double century of his Test career

Having taken Test cricket by storm in near-unprecedented fashion, Australia's form batsman Marnus Labuschagne will soon prove he belongs in the one-day arena.

That is the opinion of Josh Hazlewood, who can't wait to make his international return from injury in what will be the prolific batsman's ODI debut.

Labuschagne's coming-of-age summer continued on Saturday at the SCG, where he fell for 215 after celebrating a maiden double ton.

The right-hander's Test average is 63.63, above that of Steve Smith, after scoring four Test centuries in a record-breaking stretch of dominance.

Labuschagne's next challenge, as he referenced at the SCG, is to become a three-format star like Smith and David Warner.

The 25-year-old hasn't had a chance yet but will make his ODI debut on Australia's tour of India, which starts on January 14 in Mumbai.

Most modern-day cricketers don the coloured clothes before receiving a baggy green; not since the late Phillip Hughes has an Australian played so many Tests before making their one-day debut.

But Labuschagne isn't like most cricketers, as he proved yet again in the third trans-Tasman Test.

"He'll be perfect in the middle order for us in one-day cricket," Hazlewood told AAP.

"I watched a bit of day one and, from his first ball, he looked to score the whole time and his hundred came off 160-odd balls.

"He's great at rotating the strike but can also find the boundary ... and he's a real fighter. He showed that grit in the Ashes.

"It's amazing to see where he is now compared to 12 months ago. To score four hundreds in a summer is unreal and his hunger for runs is what sticks out."

Labuschagne was player of the tournament in the 2016-17 domestic one-day competition, while he scored 364 runs at 60.66 for Queensland in this summer's 50-over tournament.

Hazlewood was at the SCG on day one of the series finale then travelled to Coffs Harbour, where he will return from a hamstring strain in Sunday's BBL clash between the Sydney Sixers and Adelaide.

The paceman, who hasn't represented the Sixers since 2013-14, will play two BBL games before boarding the plane to India.

"It's come at a perfect time. It'll be great to have some completive hit-outs before that one-day tour," Hazlewood said.

"Everything went pretty well in my rehab. I've bowled four times outdoors off the long run, so I feel pretty confident."