|Marnus Labuschagne Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||June 22, 1994|
Marnus Labuschagne is an Australian professional cricketer who has represented his country in both the longer formats of the sport (Tests and ODIs), as a batting all-rounder. In the Australian domestic circuit, he has played for Queensland (2014-15–Present) across all 3 formats. He has also turned out for Brisbane Heat (2016-17–Present) in the BBL (Big Bash League). A rare occurrence in modern cricket, Marnus has also played domestic cricket outside of his home country representing Glamorgan County Cricket Club (2019–Present) in England. In January 2020, he had won the ‘Emerging Cricketer of the Year’ award at the annual ICC (International Cricket Council) Awards. The following month, he had won the ‘Test Player of the Year’ award at the annual CA (Cricket Australia) Awards. In April that year, he had been named as one of the 5 ‘Cricketers of the Year’ by the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, a cricket reference book that is published annually and is often referred to as the ‘Bible of Cricket’.
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Klerksdorp, North West Province, South Africa
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Marnus had attended the Brisbane State High School, a partially selective, co-educational, state secondary school in South Brisbane.
- Father – Andre Labuschagne (Miner)
- Mother – Alta Labuschagne
- Siblings – Pieter Labuschagne (Brother) (Professional Rugby Player), Ame Labuschagne (Sister)
Right-Arm Leg Break
- 33 – Test Match, One Day International (ODI)
- 9 – Queensland / Queensland Bulls (Australian Domestic Cricket)
- 33, 9 – Brisbane Heat (BBL)
- 99 – Glamorgan County Cricket Club (English Domestic Cricket)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Marnus has dated –
- Rebekah Labuschagne (2017-Present) – Marnus had married his long-term girlfriend Rebekah in May 2017.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Afrikaner descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Cheerful smile
- Clean-shaven look
Marnus has been sponsored by –
- Nike, Inc.
- Kookaburra Cricket AUS/NZ
Marnus Labuschagne Facts
- Born in Klerksdorp, South Africa, Marnus and his family had emigrated to Australia in 2004 after his father had obtained some work in the mining industry there.
- In November 2010, he had worked as a Hot Spot infrared camera operator at the Brisbane Cricket Ground during the 2010–11 Ashes test series.
- His breakthrough as a cricketer had come when he had scored 273 runs at an average of 45 in the 2016–17 Matador BBQs One-Day Cup (the premier domestic one-day cricket competition in Australia). He had been named the ‘Player of the Tournament’. He was also the 2nd leading run-scorer in the 2017-18 season of the Sheffield Shield (the premier domestic first-class cricket competition in Australia), scoring 795 runs at an average of 39.75 with 2 centuries.
- In September 2017, during a domestic one-day match, he had become the first fielder to be penalized under a new law that had been introduced to stop fielders from deceiving batsmen. He had failed to stop a ball while fielding but had feigned throwing it to the wicket-keeper after which 5 runs from his team’s score had been deducted.
- During the 2019 English domestic season, for Glamorgan County Cricket Club, he had scored 1,114 runs in his first County Championship season, including 3 centuries in his first 4 first-class matches. He was the 2nd-highest scorer in the second division of the County Championship, despite playing just 10 matches. He had also captured 19 wickets that season.
- Although renowned as one of the best young batsmen to arrive on the international scene in the late 2010s, his early test matches were marked by stronger bowling performances. He had scalped 2 wickets on his test match debut and 5 in the next match. His batting took precedence thereafter and he had picked just 5 more wickets in his next 17 test matches.
- On August 18, 2019, he had become the first cricketer in history to be used as a concussion substitute in a test match. He had replaced Steve Smith who had been hit by a bouncer on the previous day and had suffered a delayed concussion. Marnus had scored 59 runs on the last day of that match, the highest in the Australian 2nd innings.
- Marnus was then selected for the next test match, the 3rd of the series, in Steve’s absence. He had top-scored for Australia in both innings of that match and courtesy of England’s lowly total of 67 runs in their first innings, he had become just the 5th batsman in history to make 2 scores in a test match that were both higher than the total scored by the opposing team in one of their innings.
- Marnus was the leading run-scorer in Test matches in 2019 after which he had risen to 4th place in the ICC Player Rankings (test match format), a phenomenal rise of 106 places within a year.
- By mid-December 2021, he had risen to the 2nd spot in those rankings. Around the same time, after he had scored 103 runs in the first innings of the 2nd match of the 2021-22 Ashes test series, his batting average had ballooned to 62.48. This had made him the batsman with the 2nd-highest test match batting average in history, only behind the legendary Sir Donald Bradman who had recorded a mind-boggling average of 99.94 in 52 test matches.
- At the end of the aforementioned match, he had become the number one ranked batter in the world for the first time, in the test match format, in the ICC Rankings.
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