Marnus Labuschagne - Australia Batter
Marnus Labuschagne is a young and promising South African cricketer. He lives in Australia and naturally plays for the national team. In addition to it, the player takes part in domestic Australian tournaments for the Queensland Bulls. But the talents of Marnus Labuschagne do not end there: he is also a member of the Glamorgan team and, accordingly, participates in the national tournaments of England and Wales. In addition to all of the above, the cricketer represents the interests of the Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League competitions.
At the moment, Marnus Labuschagne already has many different sporting achievements. For example, he became the top scorer in test matches in 2019, thanks to which he climbed to fourth place in the ranking of the best players, soaring up 106 positions at once. Also, in January 2020, Labuschagne was named New Player of the Year by the International Cricket Board and Australia’s Test Player of the Year in February. The success did not end there: the annual publication Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack named him one of the top five season players in April of the same year, which is considered incredibly prestigious in cricket.
A little about the life of Marnus Labuschagne. He was born on June 22, 1994 in Klerksdorp (northwestern province of South Africa). His family did not see the future while living in this country, so they decided to emigrate to Australia in 2004. Fortunately, the decision was successful, and Marnus’s father got a job in the mining industry. The future cricket star, meanwhile, attended Brisbane State High School. It is noteworthy that Marnus Labuschagne initially spoke only Afrikaans, but he mastered English after moving.
Little is known about Marnus Labuschagne’s personal life. He is said to have grown up in a Christian family and is a religious. Also, the athlete has been married since 2017. His wife’s name is Rebekah.
Marnus has an older brother, Pieter, but he is not a cricketer. Pieter is a professional rugby player and plays for the Japan national team.
Marnus Labuschagne: professional career
Marnus Labuschagne finally got a contract with the senior Queensland team and made his debut in top-notch matches at the Sheffield Shield in 2014, after years of playing at the U15, U17 and U19 levels. He proved himself to be an excellent player with 83 points per team.
He was included in the line-up of the Australian Test team in September 2018. Since then, he has constantly defended the interests of the country in the international arenas.
By the way, there is one more interesting fact. The ICC introduced a new cricket rule in 2017. In short, it is forbidden for outfield players to distract, cheat, obstruct or do any such action against a batsman in any way. Violation is punishable by a penalty of five runs. And it was Marnus Labuschagne who was the first player to break this rule. It happened in a match against the Cricket Australia XI.
Currently, the athlete continues to play for the Australian national team and in various clubs in the All-rounders position.