Marnus Labuschagne, the new Aussie No.3 in tests, is one of the most talented new cricketers in the world right now.
Born on June 22, 1994, Marnus always had a keen interest in playing the game of cricket.
For the last two years, he has been the most consistent batsman in the red-ball format, and with his added wrist-spin bowling, he is the best thing going for Australian cricket.
So today, we are listing down 10 amazing facts about Marnus Labuschagne.
Marnus Labuschagne: The New Sensation ( 10 Amazing Facts )
1) South African roots
Marnus Labuschagne was born in Klerksdorp, South Africa. But in 2004, when he was ten years old, his South African parents emigrated to Australia.
In 2021, Marnus told in an interview that he spoke Afrikaans while growing up, and his fluency in English came only after moving to Australia.
2) The Peter Siddle Connection
At the age of 16, Marnus got his first job as a Hot Spot infrared camera operator for Channel 9
While he was working at ‘The Gabba‘, he witnessed Peter Siddle picking up a hat-trick during the 2010–11 Ashes series.
This incident inspired him to take his cricket career more seriously.
3) Club cricket
Marnus played a great deal of club cricket both in and out of Australia, before making his domestic debut for Queensland.
He played for Easts-Redlands in Brisbane Grade Cricket and also represented Queensland at U-12, U-15, U-17, and U-19 levels
In 2013, Labuschagne also played club cricket in the Devon Premier League and the Kent Premier League in 2014
4) Domestic career
Labuschagne made his first-class cricket debut in the 2014–15 Sheffield Shield season and scored 83 runs on his debut.
Labuschagne made his List A debut for Queensland in the 2015 One-Day Cup and was Queensland’s leading run-scorer in the 2017–18 Sheffield Shield season.
5) A failed test match debut
Even though he appeared as a substitute fielder for Australia in the 2014-15 Border Gavaskar series, he made his international test debut against Pakistan in 2018 in the UAE.
Even though this test match is remembered for the match-saving efforts of Paine and Khawaja, Labuschagne got out for a duck in his first innings but got 13 runs in the second innings.
6) First concussion substitute
On the Day 5 of the 2nd Ashes Test at Lord’s, Jofra Archer’s lethal bouncer concussed Steve Smith.
As a result, Labuschagne entered the field as the first-ever concussion substitute, capitalized on the golden opportunity, and played a fighting knock of 59 runs.
7) Maiden Test century
Marcus ended the ashes series with 280 runs which helped him hold his place in the Australian Test squad.
Against the visiting Pakistani cricket team, in the first Test at the Gabba, Labuschagne decimated the Pakistani fast bowlers and scored his maiden test century ( 185 runs off 279 balls )
8) Record Partnership
During the 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval, Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner stitched a Mammoth 361 runs partnership.
While being involved in this partnership, he also scored his second test century ( 162 runs off 238 balls ) and permanently grabbed his position at No.3
9) ODI career and maiden ODI century
On 19 January 2020, Labuschagne scored his maiden ODI fifty ( 54 runs off 64 balls ) against India in Bengaluru.
During Australia’s tour of South Africa, he scored his first ODI ton against South Africa at Potchefstroom.
10) Fifth Fastest Batsman to 2000 Test Runs
On the first day of Ashes 2021-22 second Test, the 27-year-old Marnus Labuschagne reached the 2000 test run mark.
After Donald Bradman, GA Headley, H Sutcliffe, and Mike Hussey, Marnus became the 5th fastest to achieve that landmark.
- In domestic cricket, batting at No.3 for Queensland Bulls against Victoria Bushrangers in 2015, Jon Holland trapped Labuschagne LBW in front of the stumps. But, while the umpire was raising his finger, the ball went onto his stumps, and thus, he got out twice off the same delivery.
- In January 2020, ICC named him as the Emerging Cricketer of the Year. Also, in February of the same year, Cricket Australia elected him as Australia’s Test player of the year.