Kane Williamson and Marnus Labuschagne appear twice among the most prolific batting pairs over the last two years in test cricket.
Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner
Since 2019, Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner have had nine innings together and have added 892 runs at an average of 99.11. Labuschagne came in the picture for Australia after he was included in the team as the first-ever concussion substitute following Steven Smith being hit on the head off a Jofra Archer bumper. Since then, Labuschagne has made the number three spot in the Australian batting line up his own.
At the same time, Australia have been searching for a permanent opening partner for David Warner which is why more often than not Australia have found themselves one down without many runs on the board. This leaves Labuschagne and David Warner to do rebuilding. One must say, they have done it quite successfully over the last two years.
Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson
It is not child’s play to score runs in the seaming and swinging conditions of New Zealand. However, the experienced pair of Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson have got used to keeping the good balls away and punishing the not so good deliveries. This is why the pair has added 834 runs from 10 innings at an average of 92.6.
Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith
There’s the hit partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner, but at times Warner falls early as well, which was the case throughout Ashes 2019. Labuschagne bats at number 3 and Steve Smith bats at number 4 for Australia. The two then join hands to take the team out of trouble.
The two players whose mannerisms look almost identical to each other have been successful more often than not and have added 768 runs from 12 innings at an average of 69.54.
Rory Burns and Joe Root
While Rory Burns bats at the top of the order for England, Joe Root has been shuttling between number 3 and number 4 over the last two years. The two have batted together in 10 innings for England and have added 710 runs at an average of 71.00.
Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson
Henry Nicholls has pulled New Zealand out of a hole several times. He has had several match-saving partnerships with BJ Watling and Kane Williamson. Nicholls has battled for six innings along with Williamson over the last two years and has added 672 runs at an average of 112.00.