Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner tons spark Aussie selector dilemma

The Aussie duo are still fighting for their specific spot in the World Cup.

David Warner celebrates and Marnus Labuschagne waves.

Marnus Labushagne is banging at the door for World Cup selection next month after blasting a century against South Africa, alongside David Warner, in the first One Day International. Labushagne copped a brutal blow ahead of the South Africa white-ball tour having missed out on selection, only to be included because of Steve Smith's absence.

He also wasn't included in the first match, but was used as a concussion sub before he saved the visitors after teaming up with Ashton Agar (48 runs) with an unbeaten 80 to guide the Aussies to a three-wicket win.

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And the middle-order batter has teamed up with opener Warner to blast Australia to victory with the pair scoring centuries to leave the Aussie selectors with a huge decision. Warner became the second Australian after Ricky Ponting to notch 20 ODI tons as he and in-form Labuschagne, with a career-best 124, added 151 for the second wicket to underpin Australia's 8-392, their third-highest ODI total.

And while Warner was always heading to India for the World Cup, Labuschagne's irrepressible form has now sparked the question of whether he should join his fellow Aussies on the plane.

Labuschagne replaced Cameron Green in the first game and has now won two man-of-the-match awards batting in the middle order. His batting on the slow and tricky pitch in South Africa bodes well for what would be thrown at the Australian's in India.

Marnus Labuschagne celebrates his century.
Marnus Labuschagne (pictured) continues to knock on the door of selectors having missed out on the World Cup preliminary squad. (Photo by Charle Lombard/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

And Warner couldn't help but praise his test teammate after yet another match-winning knock. "Marnus played extremely well," Warner said. "He's in a good spot - the game's about taking opportunities. He's batting very, very well."

Cricket fans were also left pondering whether it was time for the selectors to realise Labuschagne's form was too good to refuse.

David Warner century sparks opener dilemma

Warner's century also gives selectors another question to ponder. Mitchell Marsh and Travis Head have been in brilliant form together since taking over the top of the order in Warner's absence. The veteran missed most of the India white-ball series, but returned for the last game. Batting at No.4, Warner was dismissed cheaply.

His first game back for Australia against South Africa, Warner chopped the ball on for just two runs. However, the opener bounced back and shared a strong partnership with the undroppable Head in the process.

Warner and Head now average a Bradman-esque 100.55 as an opening pair after bludgeoning South Africa's bowlers for a 109-run union to set up Australia's comprehensive 123-run win. Selectors will have the huge decision on what role Warner plays at the World Cup with Marsh continually putting his hand up to open next to Head.

Meanwhile, legspinner Adam Zampa continued his world class form with a (4-48) and recalled seamer Nathan Ellis (2-32) led the tourists' charge with the ball, well supported by Sean Abbott (2-50) and debutant Aaron Hardie (2-62). Australia can sew up the five-match series with a win at Potchefstroom on Tuesday.

with AAP

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