James Anderson Likened Bowling To Marnus Labuschagne As If To "Impress A Girl At A Nightclub"
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James Anderson Likened Bowling To Marnus Labuschagne As If To “Impress A Girl At A Nightclub”

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James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

James Anderson, veteran England seamer dismissed Marnus Labuschagne in a County match and pulled off one of the best one-liners that will leave even one of the most intense MCC members in splits. He likened bowling to the Australian to impress a girl at a nightclub.

James Anderson is not the only one who feels the same way about Marcus Labuschagne. He has been in supreme form and reached his peak here in England back in 2019 Ashes but James Anderson wasn’t there due to an injury.

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James Anderson is set to play his fifth Ashes series later this year.© AFP

James Anderson Never Bowled At Marnus Labuschagne Before And Said A Good Impression Should Be Created To Get His Wicket

But James Anderson secretly relished having a go at the Australian batsman and finally, he got his chance when Lancashire took on Glamorgan.

“You want to create a good impression and stamp your authority on that battle. It’s nice to get the first blow in. I’d never bowled at him before,” James Anderson told BBC Podcast ‘Tailenders’.

Then came the punch: “It’s like when you see a girl at a club and you try to play it cool. You want her to be impressed. You start dancing to the Stone Roses while your shoes stick to the floor.”

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James Anderson  had Marnus Labuschagne caught behind for 12 during Lancashire’s draw with Glamorgan Getty Images

The 38-year-old James Anderson, who is the highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Test cricket, is set to play in his fifth Ashes series come December. James Anderson missed almost all of the last Ashes series in 2019 because of a calf injury, managing only four overs on the first morning of the first Test.

Marnus Labuschagne came into the Australia side as a concussion replacement for Steve Smith midway through the second Test at Lord’s. Since that point, only England captain Joe Root has made more runs in Tests than 26-year-old Marnus Labuschagne.

Marnus Labuschagne Feels For Australian Players Playing In IPL 2021

Marnus Labuschagne has expressed concerns for Australian players who are featuring in the IPL 2021 even as India battles a record surge in daily coronavirus cases. The daily coronavirus count in India touched a new high with over 3.7 lakh fresh cases reported.

A host of Australian cricketers and one match official including Andre Tye, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, and umpire Paul Reiffel have already left IPL 2021. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a break while umpire Nitin Menon has also left for home after his mother and wife were tested positive for the deadly virus.

“You obviously feel for them,” Labuschagne told Sky Sports. “But I haven’t spoken to too many guys that are feeling unsafe. It’s more about getting back into Australia and what does that look like. I just hope that they stay safe and get back to Australia safely whenever they do.”

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Marnus Labuschagne (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

A mass exodus of Australian players, coaches, and support staff to the Maldives is the expected remedy to a dilemma created by the postponement of the 2021 IPL and the current closure of the Australian border to citizens currently in India during its rampant Covid-19 outbreak. There are close to 40 Australians in the IPL bubble comprising players, coaching staff, and commentators.

The likes of Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ricky Ponting, and Simon Katich are expected to join the commentator Michael Slater, who had already headed to the Maldives as a temporary post in the wake of bans on entry to Australian citizens who have recently been in India, a state of play that will exist until at least May 15.