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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Aussie rookie slammed for 'mental error'


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Rookie Marnus Labuschagne might never play another Test for Australia but he’s already compiled quite the package of highlights and lowlights.

His run out brain fart in the second Test against Pakistan continues an intertesting ride for the South African-born Queenslander.

He was widely panned for the ridiculous nature of Thursday’s dismissal - standing out of his crease with bat raised as the ball was stroked back down the pitch by Mitchell Starc and nudged onto his stumps by bowler Yasir Shah.

The umpire sent the decision for review and the third umpire’s reaction was classic – even he could barely belie his eyes, asking for a close up when the original video clearly showed the extent of Labuschagne’s foolishness.

The dismissal came as he was the last recognised batsman charged with trying to rescue Australia from a parlous position.

"He obviously wasn't thinking," Mike Hussey said. "And it’s just a mental error, just given Pakistan a wicket.

“The most bizarre dismissal. Labuschagne just had the bat in the air and just watched it all the way onto the stumps.

"He'll be in disbelief, will not have believed that he's made such a mental error and the one that'll be hurting the most will be him, sitting in the dressing room watching that replay over and over again.”

Former Pakistani paceman Waqar Younis went harder.

"It was terrible, what was he thinking?" Younis said.

"He saw the ball going onto the stumps. I can't even say that he's upset.”

Teammate Aaron Finch called it “just a little bit of a brain meltdown”.

“It was just one of those things,” said Finch.

“Just a lapse of concentration for a second and before you know it you’re back in the sheds. It was disappointing, but that happens in cricket.”

Rameez Raja couldn’t believe Pakistan’s luck.

“Caught napping. That partnership broken through some extremely silly cricket,” he said.

“He’s looking at the ball, looking at ball hit the stump yet doesn’t react. It’s just an incredible piece of cricket..”

After departing the centre, Labuschagne was shown sitting behind coach Justin Langer.

 “I’m surprised Labuschagne is sitting so close to Justin Langer, I’d be avoiding the coach,” Hussey said.

Reporters and fans were also stunned by the moment.

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It has been an up and down introduction to Test cricket for Labuschagne, who took a classic catch in Pakistan’s first innings and followed it with a dropped sitter. His leg breaks have taken five wickets to provide good support for Nathan Lyon, leading some to suggest he could be considered an Australian all-rounder with Mitch Marsh’s bowling duties in decline.

But it’s more likely Labuschagne returns to the Test wilderness at home this this summer, giving him plenty of time to consider his strange two match career.

 

Rookie Marnus Labuschagne might never play another Test for Australia but he’s already compiled quite the package of highlights and lowlights.

His run out brain fart in the second Test against Pakistan continues an intertesting ride for the South African-born Queenslander.

He was widely panned for the ridiculous nature of Thursday’s dismissal - standing out of his crease with bat raised as the ball was stroked back down the pitch by Mitchell Starc and nudged onto his stumps by bowler Yasir Shah.

The umpire sent the decision for review and the third umpire’s reaction was classic – even he could barely belie his eyes, asking for a close up when the original video clearly showed the extent of Labuschagne’s foolishness.

The dismissal came as he was the last recognised batsman charged with trying to rescue Australia from a parlous position.

"He obviously wasn't thinking," Mike Hussey said. "And it’s just a mental error, just given Pakistan a wicket.

“The most bizarre dismissal. Labuschagne just had the bat in the air and just watched it all the way onto the stumps.

"He'll be in disbelief, will not have believed that he's made such a mental error and the one that'll be hurting the most will be him, sitting in the dressing room watching that replay over and over again.”

Former Pakistani paceman Waqar Younis went harder.

"It was terrible, what was he thinking?" Younis said.

"He saw the ball going onto the stumps. I can't even say that he's upset.”

Teammate Aaron Finch called it “just a little bit of a brain meltdown”.

“It was just one of those things,” said Finch.

“Just a lapse of concentration for a second and before you know it you’re back in the sheds. It was disappointing, but that happens in cricket.”

Rameez Raja couldn’t believe Pakistan’s luck.

“Caught napping. That partnership broken through some extremely silly cricket,” he said.

“He’s looking at the ball, looking at ball hit the stump yet doesn’t react. It’s just an incredible piece of cricket..”

After departing the centre, Labuschagne was shown sitting behind coach Justin Langer.

 “I’m surprised Labuschagne is sitting so close to Justin Langer, I’d be avoiding the coach,” Hussey said.

Reporters and fans were also stunned by the moment.

https://twitter.com/plalor/status/1052494979258449920

https://twitter.com/adampeacock3/status/1052488758010859520

https://twitter.com/Neroli_M_FOX/status/1052488939502624768

https://twitter.com/Olympicsnut/status/1052489611702759424

https://twitter.com/Cricketbatcat/status/1052489229958168576

It has been an up and down introduction to Test cricket for Labuschagne, who took a classic catch in Pakistan’s first innings and followed it with a dropped sitter. His leg breaks have taken five wickets to provide good support for Nathan Lyon, leading some to suggest he could be considered an Australian all-rounder with Mitch Marsh’s bowling duties in decline.

But it’s more likely Labuschagne returns to the Test wilderness at home this this summer, giving him plenty of time to consider his strange two match career.

 

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