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14:15  29 november  2019
14:15  29 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Marnus Labuschagne makes maiden Test ton

  Marnus Labuschagne makes maiden Test ton Marnus Labuschagne has posted his maiden Test century for Australia, converting a half-century score into a hundred on his sixth attempt against Pakistan. Marnus Labuschagne has finally got the monkey off the back, converting his sixth Test 50 into a maiden century against Pakistan at the Gabba. The real find of the Ashes series in England, Labuschagne capped off a dream four months on Saturday as Australia built up a big lead over the tourists.After resuming from his overnight score of 55, he shot out of the blocks early before tightening up in the 90s.

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For the accidental hero , this was an accidental finish, but only to this innings. Having solved a headache for Australia, Labuschagne has created one. Matthew Wade, Travis Head and perhaps even Khawaja will be looking around nervously.

Jofra Archer's brutal Ashes blow to Steve Smith has proven the catalyst to set up Australia's summer, with Marnus Labuschagne reaffirming his status as the ultimate accidental hero with a second Test century.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Marnus Labuschagne of Australia looks on during day four of the 1st Domain Test between Australia and Pakistan at The Gabba on November 24, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)© Getty BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Marnus Labuschagne of Australia looks on during day four of the 1st Domain Test between Australia and Pakistan at The Gabba on November 24, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Labuschagne on Friday backed up his breakthrough Test ton at the Gabba with another at the Adelaide Oval against a deflated Pakistan.

The 25-year-old was chanceless as he brought up his hundred in 169 balls under lights and cloudy skies.

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Marnus Labuschagne (/lʌbəˈskʌxni/ or /læbəˈʃeɪn/; born 22 June 1994) is a South African-born Australian cricketer who made his debut for Queensland during the 2014–15 Sheffield Shield season.

Labuschagne or Labuschagné is a surname often used by Afrikaners or people of Afrikaner descent. Notable people with the surname include: Cathlene Labuschagne , South African politician. Lappies Labuschagné , known as Pieter Labuschagné (born 1989)

But the reality is had it not been for English paceman Archer, Labuschagne may not have had the chance he's had batting at No.3 for Australia.

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A batting reserve in the Ashes, Labuschagne was only called upon when a damaging Archer bouncer left Smith shaken and needing a concussion substitute.

Until that point Labuschagne averaged just 26.25 in Test cricket.

From there his story is well known. He stood up, demanded his spot in the team and was handed the crucial role at No.3.

Since then, he has made more than 600 runs at an average of above 80.

In nine innings he's had two centuries and six scores above 50. Just twice has he failed to pass 20.

Friday's innings was arguably better than the one he produced at the Gabba.

After a watchful start he clipped anything that strayed too straight to the legside boundary, and grew more aggressive as the evening went on.

He crunched three impressive pull shots off debutant Muhammad Musa that sent the ball racing to the boundary, and delicately late cut the spinners behind point.

Labuschagne brought up triple figures when he worked Yasir Shah to midwicket for two, triggering an emphatic celebration before he embraced fellow centurion David Warner.

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