Cricket World Player of the Week - Marnus Labuschagne
Two matches into Ashes 2021-22, Marnus Labuschagne is the highest run-scorer in the series with 228 runs from four innings at an average of 76.00, with one century, two half-centuries and the best of 103.
Marnus Labuschagne has taken the Australian batting line-up to another level altogether. Previously, teams had to deal with David Warner and Steven Smith, but now Marnus Labuschagne has become the biggest thorn in the flesh of the opposition, particularly in Australia.
Labuschagne has already scored over 2,000 runs from just 20 Test matches and has a jaw-dropping average of 62.14. There is a good chance that he might not be able to sustain this average over a long period, but the way in which the Australian number three is batting is certainly awe-inspiring.
He has struck six centuries in Test cricket and brought up his maiden Ashes century, hitting 103 off 305 deliveries in a tough knock in the first innings of the second Test match between Australia and England.
Labuschagne said that if anything, it was tougher to score against the pink ball and that was evident when England came out to bat.
He backed it up with another half-century in the second innings.
In the first Ashes Test as well, Labuschagne scored an enterprising 74 off 117 deliveries. If one Steven Smith was not enough, teams around the world now have another one to take care of.
Marnus Labuschagne continues his fine form ??— ICC (@ICC) December 19, 2021
A hundred in the first innings and now a fifty in the second!
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