Catching the attention of the cricket fraternity with his stellar performances in Test cricket, the South African-born Australian cricketer has shown his mettle in International cricket. The promising Australian is currently the third-ranked Test batsman on the ICC rankings. He resembles his idol, Steven Smith, in many ways, especially the poise he displays at the crease.
Labuschagne started his professional career with the Queensland cricket team. He played his first match in the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield season against South Australia. After having an impressive outing with the bat, he became a regular in the side. He managed to grab the attention of national selectors after he became Queensland’s leading run-scorer in the 2017-18 Sheffield Shield season.
Having been a surprise call-up to the national squad as Australia began to rebuild owing to the ball-tampering scandal that left Tim Paine having to captain a side without their batting pillars- David Warner and Steve Smith. He made his international debut for Australia against Pakistan on 7 October 2018. He was out for a duck in the first innings and managed to score 13 runs in the second. He performed better in his second Test where he took five wickets and made scores of 25 and 43.
In pursuit of bolstering his game, Labuschagne signed for Glamorgan County Cricket Club for the 2019 English cricket season. He amassed 1114 runs in his first County Championship season, which included five centuries and five half-centuries with a staggering average of 61.89. He also picked 19 wickets and was rightly adjudged the 2019 County Championship Player of the Year.
After his exploits in County cricket, he was called up to the Australian Ashes squad. On 18 August 2019; day five of the second Test at Lord’s, Labuschagne made headlines after he became the first cricketer to come on to bat as a concussion substitute in a Test match.
Marnus Labuschagne was named ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year in January
He replaced the injured Aussie stalwart Steven Smith and showed a lot of resilience against an in-form Jofra Archer whose pace got the better of Smith. By the end of the series, he scored 353 runs with four half-centuries to his name. He scored his maiden Test century against Pakistan in his home ground- The Gabba, Brisbane.
Runs started to flow for the talented batsman as he scored another ton in the second Test and started the New Zealand series with another score of over hundred, making it three consecutive centuries. Exhibiting his consistency, he followed it up with two successive half-centuries.
Marnus Labuschagne was named the ICC Emerging Cricketer of the Year in January 2020 for scoring a mountain of runs (1104 to be precise) in Test cricket in 2019. During the year he climbed 106 places to become the fourth-ranked Test batsman on the ICC rankings. He started 2020 with a double-hundred in the third Test against New Zealand.
Virat Kohli is all praises for Labuschagne
The swashbuckling middle-order batsman was named in the Australian squad for the ODI series against India. He made his ODI debut on 14 January 2020 and scored 100 runs in two innings. India’s skipper and star batsman Virat Kohli praised the youngster’s everlasting energy on the field and backed him to be a top player in the world for a while.
Former Australia captain and someone who Marnus emulates and resembles a lot when he is full flow, Steve Smith believes the latest sensation in Australian and world cricket is capable enough to play in all formats of the game.
Labuschagne couldn’t have asked for more than this! To be praised and pushed in the right direction by one of the modern greats- Smith and also to get words of praise from Kohli about his energy and batting speaks volumes about his talent and prowess. It has to be seen whether he can actually go on to become another Smith, but the initial signs are indeed promising. If he continues this level of consistency and can remain fit, the sky is the limit for the Queenslander.
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