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Marnus Labuschagne

Marnus Labuschagne
INTL CAREER: 2018 - 2024
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Marnus Labuschagne


June 22, 1994, Klerksdorp, North West Province, South Africa


30y 3d

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Right hand Bat

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Marnus Labuschagne's ascent to the higher echelons of Test batting was an extraordinary tale of making the most of an unexpected opportunity. During the Lord's Ashes Test against England in August 2019, Steven Smith was felled by Jofra Archer's bouncer and Labuschagne would become his concussion substitute - the first time in Test history the protocol had been used. By the end of the year he had eclipsed Smith as the leading Test run-scorer in the world, and locked in the No. 3 spot, in the midst of a prolific home summer that brought him four centuries in five matches against Pakistan and New Zealand including a double century at the SCG.

It was a far cry from a year previously when he had been the shock choice to bat No. 3 against India in Sydney, in just his third Test and with a first-class average in the low 30s, having been a surprise call-up to the 2018 tour of UAE to face Pakistan as Australia began to rebuild following the ball-tampering crisis.

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. Before his international call-up he 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.

In his first two Test against Pakistan it was his useful legspin that stood out as much as his batting as he took eight wickets while showing a glimmer of his potential with the bat in Abu Dhabi. Following the recall against India, he made a composed 81 in the pink-ball Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.

What came next was a key part of his story as he signed for Glamorgan for the first part of the 2019 county season where he would churn out 1114 runs in 10 matches, honing his technique against the moving Duke ball and then winning the race for a spot in the Ashes squad.He largely maintained his prolific 2019-2020 form over the the following seasons with another double century against West Indies in Perth taking his average back above 60 although relatively leaner returns in 2023 brought that down.

Having lost his place in Australia's ODI side, he was given a reprieve through injury and, in typical Labuschagne style, grabbed it with both hands when he was a concussion sub for Cameron Green in South Africa and earned a place in the 2023 World Cup squad.
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Marnus Labuschagne Career Stats

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Recent Matches of Marnus Labuschagne

Glamorgan vs Surrey200/1221-Jun-2024The OvalT20
Glamorgan vs Gloucs18--20-Jun-2024CardiffT20
Glamorgan vs Somerset9--16-Jun-2024TauntonT20
Glamorgan vs Essex343/3507-Jun-2024ChelmsfordT20
Glamorgan vs Middlesex00/1206-Jun-2024Lord'sT20

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Marnus Labuschagne made 23 opening the batting
Ben Sears claimed a return catch to remove Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne briefly unfurled his medium pace
Daniel Vettori and Marnus Labuschagne share a laugh
Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne put on 32 for the eighth wicket
Marnus Labuschagne brought up his first fifty of the tour