'On your bike': Cricket great's brutal swipe at Marnus Labuschagne

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, Australia Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne looks on in confusion.
Ian Chappell has taken exception to Marnus Labuschagne's habit of sticking around in the middle after being given out. . Pic: Getty

Star Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne has found himself in the crosshairs of Ian Chappell, with the Test great insisting the Queenslander needs to leave the pitch quicker when he's given out. 

Labuschagne has established himself as one the country's finest batsmen, but the bubbly Queenslander often wears his heart on his sleeve out in the middle.

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The Bulls batsman was at the centre of a controversial incident in the recent Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Hobart, where he reacted with disgust after being given out.

The 26-year-old copped what he thought was the wrong umpiring decision and subsequently blew up, before trudging back to the pavilion in anger.

Labuschagne was given out caught behind after a ball from Tasmanian all-rounder Beau Webster that beat the right-hander's bat.

The Bulls batsman shot several perplexed looks at the umpire before shaking his head all the way back to the sheds.

The incident was eerily similar to one involving Steve Smith for NSW, who was also filthy with what he thought was a dud umpiring decision.

Chappell says Labuschagne in particular, is a serial offender when it comes to sticking around out in the middle for longer than he should.

The former Australia captain insists the batsman needs to accept the decisions of umpires - no matter the circumstances - and promptly make his exit from the field.

“A lot of players from around the world are taking an inordinate time to leave the crease when they get out,” Chappell told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports.

“Marnus is a bad example — he takes forever to get off the field, but he’s not the only one, and there are plenty of others and from other countries.

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Virat Kohli was also condemned for a dismissal in the recent Test series against England, where he was clean bowled by spinner Moeen Ali.

The India captain seemingly refused to accept his dismissal and demanded the umpires checked the replays, before finally walking back to the pavilion.

Chappell says he thinks it's becoming an alarming trend in modern cricket for players to question umpires.

“I just don’t understand it. You’ve never had so many police officers at a cricket ground: referees, third umpires, fourth umpires.

Seen here, Marnus Labuschagne batting for Australia in the Test series against India.
Marnus Labuschagne has been singled out over his reactions to dismissals while batting . Pic: Getty

“It’s time for them to say, ‘Hey listen, what the hell is going on? When you’re given out, get on your bike and get on your bike real quick’.”

Although the Sheffield Shield doesn't employ DRS, Chappell says it's introduction in other competitions has brought about a worrying dynamic between player and official.

“In the era I was brought up in, one of the first things you were told is the umpire is right and you do not argue with the umpire,” Chappell said.

“They’ve brought in the DRS system, which is basically saying to the players, ‘Argue with the umpires’.

“I think back to when I played — when I got out, I wanted to get off the ground as quickly as I could.

“I think some of them look around, have a look at the big screen and so on.”

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