Marnus Labuschagne was dismissed in a weird fashion as he slipped to a full ball from Stuart Broad to be bowled for 44 in the Hobart Test against England
Marnus Labuschagne is one of the best batters in the Australia cricket team along with Steve Smith and David Warner. In the 2021/22 Ashes series, Labuschagne is one of the few players who has hit a century in the series. In the Adelaide Pink Ball Test, Labuschagne hit a century but has struggled since. During the Hobart Pink Ball Test, Labuschagne arrived when Australia was in dire trouble. David Warner and Steve Smith fell for 0 for the first time while Usman Khawaja was also sent back for a low score.
Labuschagne and Travis Head got going with a couple of boundaries. The right-hander, in particular, was in fine form against Mark Wood as he hit a couple of boundaries. Labuschagne raced to 44 and was aiming to put Australia in a comfortable position before the Dinner Break. But, it was at that time when tragedy struck Labuschagne in a bizarre way.
Broad was running in to bowl and Labuschagne shuffled to the offside. But, as Labuschagne prepared to play a stroke as he shuffled, he slipped and fell flat on the pitch. Broad easily hit the stumps and he was dismissed in the most bizarre way possible. Michael Vaughan, commenting on air, said it was one of the most bizarre dismissals ever seen. Watch the dismissal here
But Travis Head was in fine form. Just like how he changed the course of the match with an aggressive century in Brisbane, he repeated the dose in Hobart. Head smashed a fifty at close to 100 and he was ably assisted by Cameron Green. Head, who missed the Sydney Test due to coronavirus, was in brilliant form in tough conditions. Green, on the other hand, continued his good form from the Sydney Test as he neared a fifty.
The partnership between Head and Green went past fifty as Australia’s batsman got their eye in. Prior to the Test match, Australia made only one change with Scott Boland passed fit. England, on the other hand, made five changes to the side. James Anderson was rested from the side and Chris Woakes came in. Ollie Robinson was back in place of Jack Leach. Rory Burns replaced Haseeb Hameed while Ollie Pope replaced Jonny Bairstow. Sam Billings also came in and he replaced Jos Buttler.
England narrowly avoided the 5-0 whitewash as they drew the Sydney Test. The last-wicket pair of Anderson and Broad hung in to defy Australia. The omission of Anderson meant that this is potentially the last time he plays Down Under. The Sydney Test could have been the last for Anderson on Australian shores.