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Marnus Labuschagne – From Concussion Sub to a Megastar in the making

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Ashes 2019, Second test, Day 4 at Lord’s – England’s quickest bowler Jofra Archer hit Australia’s best batsman Steve Smith on the left arm first and then on the neck with lethal bouncers to finally floor him. Memories of the diminutive Australian opener Phillip Hughes getting hit on the neck at SCG would have flashed in the Aussie change room. Smith showed signs of a delayed concussion on the final day as he was taken off the playing eleven. Marnus Labuschagne walked in as a concussion sub.

The first in the 142- year history of Test Cricket. Archer then hit Labuschagne on the head with a 96 mph scorcher and the lord’s crowd went silent again as he too went down. He leapt back immediately as if on a springboard. Richard Saw, the team doctor came out and signalled all is well. Archer sent down grenades blistering past the outside edge. Labuschagne remained unflappable, finding openings to score 59 in that innings. "I've loved the conditions, the challenge of the conditions, the things you need to be better at in England than Australia”, he had said before the series and the rest is now history.

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Labuschagne gets the nod to play in the high voltage one day series against the Indians

In the first Mumbai ODI, as Warner and Finch closed out the match Labuschagne didn’t get a chance to bat. It was the 2nd ODI of the three-match series where Labuschagne flexed his muscles with the willow and scored a determined 47. The swashbuckling batsman remained on song in the 3rd ODI as he hit his maiden half century before a Kohli stunner got him back in the shed.

Virat Kohli lauded the new breakout star in the press conference after the Indians took out the ODI series 2-1. “He’s a quality player. We were talking outside, he’s very sure of what he wants to do. Again, body language, intent, he’s there, he’s running hard between the wickets. He wants to be in important positions in the field. He’s got the right mindset to be a consistent player, to be a top player in the world for a while," Kohli said.

“He’s shown that in Test cricket, he’s shown that in one-day cricket and if he plays T20 cricket, I am sure he’ll show that clarity there as well. He looks like a complete team man. He’s always and always energetic. He’s like a bunny running around,” Kohli added.

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Marnus Labuschagne – Born in Klerksdorp, in South Africa. He moved to Australia with his father in 2004, when he was 10. His mother tongue is Afrikaans and learned to speak English in Brisbane. He pursued cricket in school and attended the Australian Institute of sport, and went on to be selected in the Queensland U-15 side, and subsequently the U-17 and U-19 sides, on account of his consistent performances with the bat in junior cricket. He made his first-class debut at the historic Adelaide Oval in the 2014-15 Shieffield Shield as a 20-year-old.

Labuschagne became the Top run getter in 2019 and now averages a remarkable 63.43 in tests. If his bat does the talking as it does now, he is going to be a handful for opponents this decade and beyond!

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