Marnus Labuschagne is currently at the peak of his career as he is the top-ranked Test batter and has played many impactful knocks for Australia at home. He has also had an excellent Ashes 2021/22 season against arch-rivals England and has played an instrumental role with the bat in helping the Aussies win the series.
Labuschagne was also looking in fine touch on Day 1 of the fifth & final Test in Hobart before he was forced to head back to the pavilion in a strange manner. Marnus Labuschagne was castled by Stuart Broad in a bizarre way.
Labushagne, who had come out to bat at number three, played a vital knock after the hosts were reduced to 12/3 just before the 10th over. He along with Travis Head carried out the rescue act for the Aussies and just as when the former looked set for a big score, he was clean bowled by pacer Stuart Broad.
This happened on the very first delivery of the 23rd over. Stuart Broad bowled a full-length delivery as Marnus Labuschagne attempted to work the ball towards the leg side. However, he walked way too far across the stumps in order to play the shot and in a rather unfortunate turn of events, lost his balance and fell down as the ball went on to shatter his stumps. Stuart Broad and England celebrated in ecstasy as Labuschagne went back for a fighting 44.
Watch the dismissal here:
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After Australia lost their top-order quickly in the pink-ball Test, middle-order batter Travis Head played a counter-attacking knock of 101 runs which helped the hosts in breaching the 200-run mark. Head received great support from the lower-order batter Cameron Green who scored 74. Australia are 241-6 at the time of writing.