Australian Test bedrock Marnus Labuschagne’s will appear for the Glamorgan County Cricket Club till the end of the 2022 season. It was with Glamorgan that the South African-born right-handed batsman began his road to becoming Australia’s most consistent Test batsman in recent times. After Sri Lanka’s visit for two Tests early in 2019, Marnus Labuschagne signed up with the English county club.
Labuschagne thrived handsomely in the English conditions, having averaged 65.53 in ten games with five centuries. Due to Steve Smith’s concussion in the first innings of second Ashes Test of 2019, Labuschagne was thrust into his place. Against the hostile pace bowling of Jofra Archer, the 25-year old crafted a vital half-century that played a significant role to pull the tourists to safety.
Fast forward to the present, Marnus has 1459 Test runs in 14 fixtures with four tons, and a solitary hundred in seven ODIs. On making the decision, Labuschagne mentioned it was quite an easy decision to make and commit to Glamorgan and Wales for another long-term.
While Australia’s batsman wouldn’t be returning for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 pandemic due to which he felt disappointed, Labuschagne is delighted, knowing of the contract extension by two more years.
“It was an easy decision to extend my contract for another year and commit to Glamorgan and Wales long term. I was gutted not to be returning to Glamorgan for the 2020 season after I loved my first year here, so I’m delighted to be re-committing myself to the club for the next couple of years,” Marnus Labuschagne said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“Glamorgan Cricket are delighted to announce that Marnus Labuschagne has agreed to a new deal that will see him extend his contract until the end of the 2022 season.” the County Club mentioned in a statement in its website.
It’s a sign of Marnus Labuschagne’s character: Mark Wallace
Glamorgan’s director of cricket Mark Wallace said that Marnus’ character and displaying no reluctance in extending his deal flags that he understands what their objective is. Wallace went on to state that having transformed into one of the best batsmen, Marnus Labuschagne’s commitment to staying and returning to the club signals that they are heading in the correct direction.
“It’s a sign of Marnus’ character that he had no hesitation in extending his deal, and that he’s been keen to do so since we realised that he wouldn’t be able to come over and play for us in 2020.
He’s committed to what we are trying to achieve here at the Club, and it’s a sign that we are heading in the right direction when one of the best players in world cricket is committed to returning to and staying with your club.” Wallace claimed.