Marnus Labuschagne On The Cusp Of Joining Australian Greats In Melbourne

Marnus Labuschagne On The Cusp Of Joining Australian Greats In Melbourne

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Australia’s batsman Marnus Labuschagne has made a great start to his Test career. The right-hander also became the first batter to complete 1000 Test runs in 2019. Labuschagne has thus far scored 1022 runs in the year and has delivered the goods for Australia. Meanwhile, the right-handed batsman also stands on the cusp of joining other Australian greats when his team will take on New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test match in MCG.

Labuschagne has scored three consecutive Test centuries and if he can score another one he will join the likes of Steven Smith, Sir Don Bradman. Only five Australian batsmen have thus far managed to achieve a unique feat of scoring four straight centuries. Jack Fingleton (1936), Neil Harvey (1949-50), Matthew Hayden (2001-02 and 2005) are the other Australians to have scored centuries in four straight Tests.

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Marnus Labuschagne. Credits: ICC

Labuschagne has been consistent.

In fact, Sir Don Bradman had managed to score three successive centuries on three occasions including a record six times against England in 1937-38.

On the other hand, Marnus Labuschagne had made his debut in October last year and he has been able to grab his chance with both hands. The right-hander has thus far scored 1103 runs at an average of 58.05. The gutsy batsman has scored three centuries and all of them have come in the last three matches.

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Marnus Labuschagne (Image Credit: Google)

Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne has been in sublime form and he would like to continue his good form going. Australia had won the first Test match by a gargantuan margin of 296 runs. Labuschagne had scored 143 and 50 in the first Test and had helped Australia in posting 416 runs in the first innings.

On the other side, Mitchell Starc had scalped nine wickets and he was awarded the Man of the match. New Zealand has named their playing XI for the second Test match at MCG whereas Australia will do the same at the toss time.

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