Marnus Labuschagne

Date of birth 22.06.1994 Squad number 99 Role in team All-Rounder Glamorgan debut 11 April 2019 v Northants at Cardiff (CC) Random fact Marnus was the first concussion substitute in Test cricket history

Marnus Labuschagne enjoyed a breakthrough season at Glamorgan in 2019, and by the time the new decade came around he was the hottest name in world cricket.

Having signed originally as overseas player for the first half of the campaign, Labuschagne ended up signing on for a further two years after an eventful season that saw him make history as he became the first ever concussion substitute in Test cricket.

He finished the County Championship campaign with 1,114 runs at an average of over 65, with five centuries and five half-centuries. He also became the first player since Jonathan Hughes in 2005 (vs Middlesex) to hit twin centuries in a game when he crashed two rapid centuries against Worcestershire.

After his exploits in the County Championship, he was called up to the Ashes squad and replaced Smith at Lord's after the Australian talisman was felled by an Archer bouncer and eventually ruled out. A like-for-like replacement in more ways than one, thanks to their leg-spinners and idiosyncrasies at the crease, Labuschagne too was floored facing just his second delivery. He eventually finished as Australia's second highest run scorer in the series before cementing the coveted number three spot as his own in the Australian summer, hitting two centuries (including a career-best 215) and three half-centuries in six knocks against New Zealand, and two centuries in the two innings he played against Pakistan.

Labuschagne signed on for the 2020 and 2021 seasons late in the autumn of 2019, stating, "I'm absolutely rapt to re-sign and come back to Cardiff for another two years. I love the city and loved playing for the club. The boys were incredible and I felt part of something special."

AWARDS

2019 Player of the Year

2019 County Championship Player of the Year

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