I think it's probably more that the fricatives 'sch' and 'g' are inflected with a sound that doesn't appear in English. Even after hearing it said, it's virtually impossible to pronounce correctly unless you're a practiced Afrikaans speaker.He probably just prefers Laboo-shane to save time, doesn't want to have to explain it on a regular basis.
Purely to complement monolingual Aussies. I imagine he's quite self-conscious about it.If that's the same interview I am thinking of, he also says that he prefers non-Afrikaans speakers to pronounce it "La-boo-shane".
Not sure I'd entirely agree with that.The name is common in international Rugby and is pronounced correctly by broadcasters from a range of backgrounds, including American.
They do tend to give players who take to test cricket a go in the ODI side, and to add to that he has been excellent for Qld in the one day cup the last 3 seasons he has played (2016, 17 and this year. Not sure how he'll go at 4 with Smith at 3 though, perhaps a little too similar? Has to be a better option than batting Usman out of position at 3 and Smith out of position at 4 like we were in the WC, though.I'm not certain Smith will captain again actually.
What will be interesting is if he'll get in the ODI side