David Warner has tipped Marnus Labuschagne to become a permanent fixture in the Australian batting line-up even when Steve Smith returns following another fine innings from the 25-year-old at Headingley.
Like he did in the second innings at Lord's, Labuschagne proved to be an able deputy for the concussed Smith, following up his 59 in the second Test with a fighting 71 in Leeds that held Australia's fragile innings together on Thursday.
He and Warner put on 111 for the third wicket to have the tourists in a strong position at 2-136 before collapsing to be 179 all out in tricky batting conditions.
Warner, who scored 61, was the only other batsmen to make a decent score, and the veteran opener believes Labuschagne showed he's got the game to succeed at Test level.
"He's just taken the bull by its horns," Warner said.
"He's got that opportunity and he's working his backside off to reinstate himself into the Test arena and he is doing himself every favour by hanging in and batting the way he is.
"It obviously it wasn't ideal that Steve couldn't play but he got another opportunity to come out and play.
"He's a fantastic player and he has got a lot to offer and we have seen it first hand there."
Labuschagne has scored over 1000 runs for Glamorgan in the English County Championship this season and produced an innings that stoked up memories of former Test middle order stalwart Michael Hussey against some hostile bowling.
Labuschagne took a nasty blow to the box from Stuart Broad that left him poleaxed, much to the amusement of the Australian dressing room.
But he battled on before being the ninth man out, in somewhat bizarre circumstances, when he missed a full toss from Ben Stokes that hit him flush on the pad and sent him crashing to ground.
The Leeds crowd, who booed Warner when he left the crease, stood to warmly applaud the Queenslander as he trudged back to the pavilion after being given out LBW.
"I though he was outstanding today," Warner said.
"His discipline was outstanding, and coming over here and playing that stint of county cricket, scoring some runs and knowing where his off stump has really helped him.
"I know he has worked really hard on that. He showed that out there today, he showed it out there at Lord's as well, he has a lot of fight in him."