'Freak dismissal': Bizarre brain-fade costs Aussies crucial wicket

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Marnus Labuschagne was kicking himself, after some poor technique leaving a ball from Colin de Grandhomme wound up costing him his wicket.

The breakout star of Australian cricket wound up losing his wicket for 63, bowled by de Grandhomme after the ball deflected off his elbow and into the stumps.

Labuschagne was visibly furious with himself after the dismissal, having built a strong partnership with former captain Steve Smith.

Channel 7 commentator Damien Fleming said he’d never seen anything quite like it.

"Funny bone, but Marnus wouldn't be laughing at that," Fleming said.

Marnus Labuschagne reacts after being dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme on day one of the Boxing Day test. (Photo by Daniel Pockett - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

"I don't think I've ever seen that before as a dismissal."

Cricket fans on social media were similarly bemused by the nature of Labuschagne’s dismissal, noting that it was particularly unfortunate.

Steve Smith confronts umpire

Steve Smith has remonstrated with umpire Nigel Llong as he left the MCG field at lunch on Boxing Day in a debate over cricket's dead-ball rule.

Australia were twice denied leg byes in the over before lunch when Smith was struck on the body by New Zealand paceman Neil Wagner, before taking off for a run.

In both instances, Smith faced a short ball from the left-arm quick which struck him high on the body before trickling behind the wicket.

Under cricket's laws, a leg bye can only be scored if the umpire is happy a shot has been attempted or the batsman has attempted to evade the ball.

Umpire Llong both times ruled that Smith had left the ball and let it strike him rather than "try and avoid being hit" in an absorbing first session where Australia lost 2-67.

Smith made a beeline for Llong when lunch was called and he and the umpire had an animated discussion for several seconds walking off the ground.

It came as Smith tried to find a way to counteract Wagner's barrage of short balls, with fields set to catch him out on the pull shot.

Smith has been caught pulling the ball in his last three Test innings against New Zealand, as well as when they last met in a one-day match during the World Cup.