Australia Cricket Team’s Test star Marnus Labuschagne likes to be in the limelight for one reason or another. A video of him asking the team for a lighter in the middle of the match has gone viral on social media.
It was a few overs before the end of play on Day 1 today when the the batting all-rounder signaled the dugout to bring him a lighter to fix his helmet.
Australia are playing their third Test against South Africa at home after having won the first game by an inning and 82 runs. At the end of day 1, the hosts are 147/2 after losing Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner.
The commentators were in awe to see Marnus Labuschagne using fire on the helmet’s grill. He was supposedly trying to put away some material on the inside part of the helmet which may have been troubling him to see the ball clearly.
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Scott Boland, who isn’t part of the playing XI and brought Marnus Labuschagne the ornament he had requested, was seen watching the batsman in surprise as the latter used the lighter’s flames to fix his head gear.
He got out at 79 just before the umpires called for the play to be suspended due to bad light.
The sudden suspension of the play left many cricket fans upset, as they reckon, the light was not this bad to have the game called off.
Marnus Labuschagne’s Controversial Catch
The 28-year-old batsman was a part of a big controversy today after Marco Jansen got him edged to second slip at 70. The catch looked clean on the eye, but the third umpire ruled it “not out” later.
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South Africa players were surprised to see the decision as they were confident to have dismissed the Australian run-machine.
South Africa wicket-keeper Kyle Verreynne was quick to have a chat with the batsman, letting him know how the catch was clean enough to have him walking back to the hut.
But the decision did not bother the visitors much as Anrich Nortje got him caught to the keeper at 79. This was Nortje’s second wicket of the game. He had dismissed in-form Warner as well.
The Poteas have had a terrible short trip to Australia so far having already lost the ongoing series 0-2, but a huge positive from the tour has been in the form of Nortje.
Nortje has been phenomenal with the ball. He has come in firing rockets at the Australia top-order, not holding anything back and letting his sheer pace take care of the business.
A Tour To Forget For South Africa
Playing Australia in Australia is always a risky business for the visitors but the way South Africa have been picked apart in this series has been amusing.
Dean Elgar’s men have failed to put up any fight in both games so far, especially with the bat.
In the first Test, they scored only 152 and 99 in the first and second inning, respectively. This allowed the red-hot Kangaroos to take the game by six wickets.
The second contest brought even worse results.
The Proteas scored only 189 and 204 which was almost nothing as compared to Australia’s huge 575/8. David Warner was all over the South Africa speedsters with a double ton in front of the home crowd.
This led to a loss by an inning and 182 runs, one of the heaviest defeats South Africa have ever conceded in their Test history.