Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Credits: Twitter)

There is absolutely no stopping Marnus Labuschagne at the moment right now. The Australia batting sensation, who was following Steve Smith’s footsteps not very long ago, has now emerged as his country’s most reliable and consistent batsman this season.

And the right-handed batsman, on Saturday, capped off a remarkable summer to remember with a double ton in the ongoing third Test against New Zealand in Sydney. He went past his previous best score of 185 before bringing up against New Zealand his maiden Test double century, which came off 346 balls.

He was eventually out for 215 off 363 balls. Marnus Labuschagne now has a greater Test average than fellow run machine Smith (62.84). The batting sensation now averages a stunning 63.63, although he has played only 14 Tests so far. But in those 14 Tests, he has proved he can be the man for Australia in the coming years.

He has not looked back since replacing Smith in the Lord’s Test as a concussion substitute. He hit four consecutive fifties in the Ashes before scoring three tons on the trot in the ongoing home season. It was followed by scores of 50, 63 and 19 before he scored his career-best 215.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Credits: Twitter)

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Overall, the 25-year-old has made four tons this season on his way to a whopping 837 runs at 119.57. That is the most runs scored by an Australian in a five-Test summer, surpassing Neil Harvey’s 834 in 1952-53.

His double century is the third time he has gone past 150, doing so in just 22 Test innings. Only Don Bradman (15) and Harvey (10) achieved that feat quicker. Marnus Labuschagne jumped 106 spots on the ICC rankings to No.4 in the space of 12 months and looks set to gain even more when the rankings will be released again. He also finished 2019 as the highest run-scorer in Tests.

His knock has put Australia in a strong position as they look to whitewash their Trans-Tasman rivals. The hosts finished their innings on 454. Meanwhile, Twitter was quick to hail Marnus Labuschagne for his stunning knock.

Here are some of the reactions:


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