Full name Marnus Labuschagne
Born June 22, 1994, Klerksdorp, North West Province, South Africa
Current age 25 years 119 days
Major teams Australia, Brisbane Heat, Kent 2nd XI, Queensland, Queensland Academy of Sport, Queensland Under-17s, Queensland Under-19s
Playing role Batting allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 7-11, 2018 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at The Oval, Sep 12-15, 2019 scorecard|
|First-class debut||South Australia v Queensland at Adelaide, Oct 31-Nov 3, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Queensland v New South Wales at Brisbane, Oct 10-13, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Queensland v Tasmania at Sydney, Oct 5, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Victoria v Queensland at Melbourne, Oct 1, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat at Melbourne, Jan 17, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat at Sydney, Jan 8, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|69, 1/25, 52, 0/12||Queensland||v NSW||Brisbane||10 Oct 2019||FC|
|21, 1/60||Queensland||v Victoria||Melbourne||1 Oct 2019||LA|
|36, 0/3||Queensland||v Victoria||Melbourne||29 Sep 2019||LA|
|18||Queensland||v South Aust||Brisbane||24 Sep 2019||LA|
|0/20, 67||Queensland||v NSW||Brisbane||22 Sep 2019||LA|
|0/5, 48, 0/26, 14||Australia||v England||The Oval||12 Sep 2019||Test # 2362|
|67, 11, 1/9||Australia||v England||Manchester||4 Sep 2019||Test # 2360|
|2/37, 39*, 0/22||Australians||v Derbyshire||Derby||29 Aug 2019||FC|
|74, 80, 0/16||Australia||v England||Leeds||22 Aug 2019||Test # 2357|
|59||Australia||v England||Lord's||14 Aug 2019||Test # 2355|
A top order batsman who can bowl some handy legspin, South African-born Marnus Labuschagne made a shock Test debut for Australia against Pakistan on the 2018 tour of the UAE.
Labuschagne had been best known for his work as a substitute short leg fielder for Australia taking a superb catch off Nathan Lyon in the 2014 Brisbane Test against India. He made 83 on his Sheffield Shield debut for Queensland in 2014 and was the second leading run-scorer in the 2017-18 Sheffield Shield season scoring 795 runs at 39.75 with two centuries. That led to his selection on the 2018 Australia A tour of India. He made 60, 37, 0 and 0 in four innings against India A and was a surprise selection in the squad for the two Test tour of the UAE.
He was then selected for the first Test, as much for his legspin as his batting. He took eight wickets in the two Tests and made 25 and 43 in the second Test in Abu Dhabi after failing twice in Dubai. He was dropped for the start of the home India series but was again a surprise recall to bat at No.3 for the Sydney Test despite scoring just two Shield half-centuries in five games. He made 38 against India and was shifted to No.4 in a new look line-up against Sri Lanka. He made a composed 81 in the pink-ball Test in Brisbane but missed out twice in Canberra. He did not receive a Cricket Australia contract despite being an incumbent in the Test team and also wasn't selected for the Australia A tour of England ahead of the 2019 Ashes.
He did sign with Glamorgan as a replacement player for the early part of the 2019 county season and made a century on debut against Northamptonshire, just his fifth in first-class cricket.
Labuschagne was born in Klerksdorp, in South Africa's North West province, to South African parents. His family emigrated to Australia in 2004 when he was 10. He grew up speaking Afrikaans, and only became fluent in English after moving to Australia.