Defeat of Marnus Labuschagne, undefeated 93 in T20 Blast, sends a strong message to IPL franchises

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Marnus Labushan from Australia

Australian whip Marnus Labushan, who was ignored in the Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction this year, came up in the T20 Blast race in England, marking the best undefeated career 93, although his shot could not lead Glamorgan to victory over Gloucestershire.

Labushan’s good performance in the T20 Blast could pave the way for him to reach The Hundred as a replacement in the Southern Brave franchise or David Warner’s, or Marcus Stoiniswho withdrew from the tournament.

Labushan hit 10 fours and two sixes in his passes with 56 balls, but Glamorgan was short with four runs, making 175/9 in 20 overs, against 179/6 from Gloucestershire.

Entering to fight with a score of 31 for one, Labushan stood up, even when several wickets fell, and Glamorgan fought at 41 for three for 5.2 overs.

However, he took his side close to the total, as only the goal fight Chris Cook could play with 21 balls 26.

“I’m still thinking about where I could find these five extra tracks and continue the game a bit more,” Labushan told BBC Sport Wales.

“I appreciate this so that I know that when I get into this situation again, I can make us cross the line. It’s nice to run, but frustrating that we don’t get over it,” he added.

“I never doubted that I could win fifty in T20 cricket, but for me it’s about winning games with Glamorgan, Australia or Queensland.

“In the beginning, my shots weren’t very different (up to longer formats), but in the middle of the inning it looks very different in terms of targeting the right areas, it’s a new and exciting challenge,” he added.

South African-born Labuschagne is ranked 3rd in the ICC’s batsman test rankings, but his limited cricket performances were not top notch and this did not attract the IPL or The Hundred franchises. Its current form may require a change in thinking and win him a contract.



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