We've Never Seen A Weirder Way To Get Out Than This

Just when you were trying to wrap your head around how to pronounce "Marnus Labuschagne", now you have to work out how the heck he got himself out.

To the first point, Cricket Australia sent out a media release urging everyone to pronounce the 25-year-old South African-born Queenslander's surname "La-bu-shane".

Not everyone agreed. South African bowling legend Morne Morkel, who's playing cricket in England right now and has written three Ashes columns so far exclusively for 10 daily, told us it's actually more like "La-bu-skakhne".

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However you say it, there's only one word for the way he got out in Australia's first innings on a rain-affected day one of the third Ashes Test at Headingley overnight.


England really rubbed his nose in it. Image: Getty.

Yes, the only right-hander in Australia's top six batsmen was batting beautifully, as he did at Lord's earlier this week when he came in as a concussion replacement for Steve Smith.

He got himself to 74 when Ben Stokes sent down an accidental full toss. It really was a horrible ball which surely must have slipped out of the bowler's hand. But Labuschagne didn't pick it up at all, and he was struck on the back pad.

This made him fall over and splat on the ground in a most undignified manner. Things then got worse when he was given out LBW. He reviewed, but nope. He was absolutely plumb in front, as you can see in the video at the top of this story.

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For Australia, this was an innings of wasted opportunities. Dave Warner finally made runs in this series, stroking his way to 61 after a shaky start, before he became the second of Jofra Archer's six victims.

But there was precious little support for half century-makers Warner and Labuschagne, with no other Aussie batsman topping 11.

Australia was all out for 179 on an extremely difficult day to bat, but will still feel like they wasted an opportunity, given they were 2/136 at one point.

The good news for Australia is that in Labuschagne, they appear to have found a top order batsman with the guts and technique to support Steve Smith when the Aussie champ returns from his concussion-enforced rest.