Marnus Labuschagne, Australia vs India 2018/19
Marnus Labuschagne. Credit: Getty Images

The spread of the global pandemic that is the coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought the entire world to a screeching halt. With social distancing and self-isolation, the only possible way to avert the proliferation of the contagion, the entire world has been under a lockdown.

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The world of sports has been one of the many affected areas as almost every tournament including Olympics, Wimbledon, La Liga, Premier League has been put on the backburner. As far as cricket is concerned, its marquee franchise event, the Indian Premier League has also been postponed. And, so with much time on their hands, cricketers are resorting to a plethora of different activities like engaging with fans on Twitter, with fellow cricketers on Instagram, doing household chores, making Tik-Tok videos, to keep themselves busy.

Watch: Amidst COVID-19 Marnus Labuschagne's Finds A Perfect Slip-Fielder in His Dog
Marnus Labuschagne (Credits: Twitter)

Marnus Labuschagne, on the other hand, is doing what he loves the most- batting. And, the Australian has found himself a perfect ally in the form of his pet dog in his Brisbane where he is currently self-isolating with his mate.

The Australian No.3 shared a video on social media where he can be seen guiding a ball thrown at him by his mate towards the slip-region, only to be caught by his dog.

“Thought that we had to give this one a try… tough to tell who is enjoying the backyard training more #StayHome #StaySafe #milo,” Marnus Labuschagne captioned the video.

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Marnus Labuschagne had a whirlwind year in Test cricket in 2019

Watch: Amidst COVID-19 Marnus Labuschagne's Finds A Perfect Slip-Fielder in His Dog
David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne (Credits: Twitter)

His Australian teammates, Usman Khawaja and swashbuckling opener David Warner commented on the video where the former alluded to the dog being a better slip-fielder than Labuschagne. David Warner, on the other hand, reminded Labuschagne that a similar video was recently made by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

The unexpected break has given Marnus Labuschagne a time to reflect on the heists that he achieved in what has been a whirlwind last 12-14 months for him. Coming in as a concussion substitute for Steven Smith in the last summer’s Ashes, Labuschagne embarked on a juggernaut that saw him make 1104 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 64.94 which includes three hundred and seven half-centuries.
Labuschagne was recently named as one of the top-5 leading cricketers for the year 2019 by Wisden.

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Yash Mittal

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