After a humiliating 137-run loss to visitors, India, in the 3rd test at the MCG, Australia’s “temporary” skipper Tim Paine (as in the words of Rishab Pant :P) announced in the post-match conference that Marnus Labuschagne has been added to Australia’s squad for the 4th test.
All-rounder (Batsman & Leg-spinner) Labuschagne, who made his debut in October, 2018 against Pakistan in UAE, has been added to the squad specifically for this 4th test because the SCG is well-known for its spin-friendly wicket.
Here are a few intriguing facts and things that you should know about this young ‘mate’-
Hails from South Africa
As you might have guessed from the name, Marnus Labuschagne is a Proteas. He was born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, and immigrated to Brisbane, Queensland at a mere age of 10, as his father had found a job in the Land Down Under.
Kepler Wessels is another notable South African name who first played for Australia, around 36 years ago. Wessels, however, returned to South Africa — and even became the home side’s captain — after featuring in 24 tests for Australia.
Made an Impactful first-class debut for two reasons!
Labuschagne, who has represented Queensland at the Under-15, 17 and 19 circuit, made a ‘big’ impact on his first-class debut for Queensland for two ironical scores- while in the first innings he hit a blistering 83, in the second one he went for a duck.
The duck, however, did not blemish his debut owing to the fact that his stellar performance in the first innings came at a time when wickets were falling in bunch from the other end.
Made history by becoming the first ‘victim’ of Fake Fielding rule
The fake-fielding rule states that if a fielder is found guilty of “intentionally deceiving or distracting a batsman”, the fielding side shall be penalized with 5 extra runs and, of course, the delivery shan’t be counted.
Marnus Labuschagne became the first victim of this rule and that too just the next day the rule was implemented.
The ‘breach’ happened during a match between Queensland Bulls and Cricket Australia XI, wherein he dived to field the ball, but couldn’t get hold of it. Nevertheless, he aimed at the stumps with a empty hand and got his team penalized.
Second Leading run-getter in Sheffield Shield, 2017
Labuschagne scored 795 runs at an average of 39.75 in the 2017 edition of Australia’s domestic first-class cricket tournament, Sheffield Shield, and ended up the 2nd highest run-getter.
Furthermore, he was named the ‘player of the tournament’ in Australia’s domestic one-day cup, 2016.
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