Marnus Labuschagne has been the victim of one of the “most bizarre layoffs you’ll ever see,” which made even his teammates Steve Smith and Pat Cummins burst out laughing.
The world’s top-ranked Test batter penalized England for dropping him to zero runs in the briefs, launching a 44-for-53 rapid-fire after Australia slumped to a horror start on 3/12.
Labuschagne’s T20-esque knock had nine limits, but came to a premature end when he hilariously slid onto the grass and was bowled clean by sailor Stuart Broad on the edge of dinner.
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The Australian bat stepped far over his stump before attempting to tap the ball down the side of the leg, but lost his grip on the slippery Hobart pitch and collapsed on the pitch.
Meanwhile, the ball shot into his leg stump.
Labuschagne had a crack in himself after the game on social media, posting on Twitter: “How did it go today? Yeah, I just got a good one,” along with an image of the gaffe.
Brendon Julian exclaimed in commentary for Fox Cricket: “He went over too far, he slipped! … that’s a terrible dismissal, but Labuschagne goes.”
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England great Michael Vaughan added: “I’ve never seen this in Test cricket. The opening session of a test race… he just falls over, he trips over his own feet.”
Michael Hussey echoed his claim, adding: “That’s one of the most bizarre layoffs you’ll ever see in Test Cricket.”
A stunned Julian continued: “I just doubt he would have gotten it anyway. He was so far across the street that he had to come right back. Obviously falling over didn’t look good, (but) Broad thought so!”
Vaughan added: “I’ve never seen this in cricket let alone Test cricket. On the first session of a test match. He’s got that left foot (so far across), he’s going over it because he’s slipping, but where did he go!?”
The dismissal ended a crucial 71-run partnership between Labuschagne and Travis Head, with Australia 4/85 at the end of the first session.
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