Australian cricketer Marnus Labuschagne has stirred controversy as he was caught on camera putting a dropped chewing gum back into his mouth during a match.
Labuschagne is known for his eccentricities and his habit of chewing gum while playing.
Despite recently losing his top spot as the world’s number one Test batsman, the 29-year-old is renowned for his batting skills and ability to entertain audiences worldwide.
The incident occurred during the second Ashes Test against England at Lord’s
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Labuschagne was seen adjusting his gloves when a chewing gum fell from his mouth. To the surprise of many, he picked it up and returned it to his mouth.
The incident quickly gained attention on social media platforms, with fans and critics expressing their opinions on the unhygienic act.
Meanwhile, Labuschagne’s teammate Steve Smith displayed his batting prowess by scoring his 32nd century before Australia’s first innings ended at 410 runs on the second day of the match.
In response, England started their innings strongly, reaching 188-1 in reply to Australia’s total of 416.
However, Australia employed a tactic of bowling bouncers and placing four fielders deep on the legside, which was evident and did not escape the notice of spectators and commentators.
By the end of the day’s play, England had reached 278-4, with Harry Brook remaining unbeaten on 45 runs and captain Ben Stokes contributing 17 runs.
The partnership between the two players added an unbroken 56 runs to England’s score. The match is still ongoing, and England will aim to build a solid innings in their reply to Australia’s total.
Labuschagne’s chewing gum incident has generated mixed reactions among fans and cricket enthusiasts. While some found it amusing, others criticized the unhygienic nature of the act.
Regardless, Labuschagne’s unique personality and exceptional batting skills continue to make him an intriguing figure in the world of cricket.