Labuschagne signs two-year deal with Glamorgan

12 Nov 2019 | Cricket

Glamorgan Cricket are delighted to announce the signing of star all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne as our overseas player for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The Australian will be available for the club across all three domestic formats of the game.

Labuschagne signed as the Welsh county’s overseas player for the first-half of the 2019 season and enjoyed a hugely successful spell as he became the first player in domestic cricket to reach 1,000 County Championship runs.

The 25-year-old racked up 1,114 runs in the County Championship in just 18 innings at an average above 65, and took 19 wickets with his leg-spin.

He struck five centuries during the campaign, including a career-best 182 against Sussex and recorded twin centuries against Worcestershire, becoming the first Glamorgan player since 2005 to do so.

Labuschagne’s form for Glamorgan and widely regarded talent saw him earn a call-up to the Australian Ashes squad and he made history at Lord’s by becoming the first ever concussion substitute in Test match cricket.

He reeled off four successive half-centuries in the series and finished as one of the standout players on both sides. Despite only completing seven innings, he was Australia’s second highest run scorer with 353 runs at an average above 50.

On re-signing for Glamorgan, Labuschagne, said, “I’m absolutely rapt to re-sign for Glamorgan and come back to Cardiff for another two years.

“I love the city and loved playing for the club. The boys were incredible from day one and I felt part of something special.

“The coaching staff were great and Matt really understood my batting and helped me to get the best out of my game. My batting improved a lot last year under his guidance and I’m excited to work him again.  But I’m equally excited to do everything I can to help drive the team into Division One.  We definitely have the playing talent and coaching staff to get us there.

“I want to thank the players, staff and supporters for how they embraced me in 2019 and I can’t wait to be back for the next couple of years.”

Director of cricket, Mark Wallace, added: “To have Marnus sign for two years is great news for everyone associated with the club.

“He showed during the County Season and Ashes what a fantastic player he is and will significantly strengthen our batting and bowling departments across all three formats.

“He is incredibly hard-working, a great motivator and someone who leads from the front both on and off the pitch.

“Marnus always plays with a smile on his face and is extremely popular at the club. I know he would have had significant offers to play elsewhere so to have him return to Wales for the next two years is a massive boost to everyone at the club”

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