'Can you believe that': Aussie batsman's 'freak' dismissal stuns fans

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Marnus Labuschagne was denied a maiden Test century in freakish fashion on the opening day at Headingley.

Like he did in the second innings at Lord's, Labuschagne proved to be an able deputy for the concussed Steve Smith, following up his 59 in the second Test with a fighting 71 in Leeds.

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He and David Warner put on 111 for the third wicket to have the tourists in a strong position at 2-136, before collapsing to be 179 all out in tricky batting conditions.

Labuschagne’s dismissal summed up Australia’s horrendous collapse, missing a full toss that cannoned into his thigh and left him sprawled on all fours on the pitch.

Marnus Labuschagne was left sprawled on the pitch. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

A shellshocked Labuschagne referred the lbw to DRS, which showed the ball crashing into middle stump.

“Can you believe that?” Ricky Ponting said in commentary.

Fans were also gobsmacked by the extraordinary dismissal.

Warner heaps praise on Labuschagne

Warner, who scored 61, was the only other batsmen to make a decent score, and the veteran opener believes Labuschagne showed he's got the game to succeed at Test level.

"He's just taken the bull by its horns," Warner said.

"He's got that opportunity and he's working his backside off to reinstate himself into the Test arena and he is doing himself every favour by hanging in and batting the way he is.

"It obviously it wasn't ideal that Steve couldn't play but he got another opportunity to come out and play.

"He's a fantastic player and he has got a lot to offer and we have seen it first hand there."

Marnus Labuschagne looked gutted after his dismissal. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Labuschagne has scored over 1000 runs for Glamorgan in the English County Championship this season and produced an innings that stoked up memories of former Test middle order stalwart Michael Hussey against some hostile bowling.

with AAP