Marnus Labuschagne. Perhaps, one of the most heard names in the longest format of the game since the Ashes. After coming into the side as a concussion substitute, he has now cemented his place as the number three batsman for the kangaroos.
Three consecutive centuries. Three. With the latest being a special one as it is a pink-ball Test. Patience, Watch, Play. Seems this is his approach towards a pace studded Kiwis biking line up. With Smith at the other end, Labuschagne reached his milestone with a Six!
Who would have thought that he would be such an indispensable asset to the team after not so good records in the last year?
After making his debut against Pakistan in 2018, he caught the limelight for his bowling skills taking 7 wickets in the series. Most of the cricket enthusiasts thought that Australia has found an all-rounder below the order to add some stability. But things changed eventually.
Labuschagne is now the highest run-scorer in Tests in 2019. This shows his efforts to outperform a few of the best in business. Within a span of months, he jumped 28 places in the ICC Test ranking, currently at eighth spot. Being a three-match Test series, if he continues to score the same way, we are all set to witness an exponential rise.
Key takeaways from Marnus Labuschagne
Cricket Australia will now be content with its efforts to build a reliable Test team. They had a lean patch in forming a formidable XI. In fact, Marsh brothers, Adam Voges and still a lot were a part of the side a year ago. The revival being the primary focus, Marnus could lead by an example to newcomers in Australian cricket.
What does the progress of Labuschagne teach us? The effective utilization of opportunities being the primary, our mindset even after a success shouldn’t lead us somewhere else. Marnus is now standing by an example to millions of people and he might be an inspiration to many, like me.
Whatever, irrespective of the team, it should be noted that Talent should always be valued in the gentleman’s game and it is being proven by such knocks by Marnus Labuschagne.