Steve Waugh's funny blunder in Marnus Labuschagne cap presentation

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Being presented with your Australian cap by Steve Waugh would be an absolute dream for any young cricketer around the country.

Unfortunately for Marnus Labuschagne it went slightly wrong on Tuesday when the former Australian skipper accidentally got his name wrong.

Steve Smith had to kindly remind Waugh of Marnus’ first name when the Aussie legend twice called him ‘Marcus’ during the cap presentation.

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But when you score over 18,000 runs for your country you can be forgiven.

Waugh told Labuschagne to treasure his one-day cap like his baggy green as the star batsman made his white-ball debut for Australia.

Waugh presented the nation's newest star with his maiden cap before Australia's win in the series opener against India in Mumbai.

Steve Waugh presented Marnus Labuschagne with his ODI cap. Image: Fox Cricket

Labuschagne became the team's 229th representative, joining a list that Waugh was instrumental in ensuring was recorded appropriately in history.

Waugh not only played in two World Cup-winning sides, but before the 1999 tournament, found each player's number and had it placed on their caps.

"The baggy green, you know how much that means to me. It's special. But so is this cap," Waugh told Labuschagne at his cap presentation captured by Cricket Australia.

"I played a lot of cricket and at the end of every series people used to throw them away and give them away. Shirts and caps.

"I used to think one-day cricket has to mean more than that.

"It's something special, it's the same as playing for Australia in Test cricket.

"I wanted the numbers on the cap so the guys will keep their cap and guys will know their place in history."

Labuschagne’s incredible run with the bat

Labuschagne's debut came after a sensational home Test summer, where he scored a record 896 runs at an average of 112.

The haul was the most for any Australian in a five-Test summer.

Labuschagne was born in South Africa and moved to Australia at age nine, finding a team and beginning to play within days of coming to the country.

He told AAP earlier this week that from then on he never had any doubt about wanting to wear the canary yellow Australian strip over the Proteas' green.

"Once we moved that was it. My attention turned to Australia. I wanted to represent Australia," Labuschagne said.

"Everything that this country has given me, opportunity and really I am so thankful for everything that Australia has given us."

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see him bat in his debut as David Warner and Aaron Finch combined for an extraordinary unbeaten partnership of 258 to guide Australia to a 10-wicket win.

with AAP