Marnus Labuschagne injured in freak accident in County Championship

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
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Marnus Labuschagne, pictured here after being injured in a freak accident in the County Championship.
Marnus Labuschagne was injured in a freak accident in the County Championship. Image: Getty

Marnus Labuschagne has endured a disastrous return to county cricket with Glamorgan, suffering a freak hand injury before play even started - then getting dismissed cheaply by a 44-year-old bowler.

Labuschagne has linked up with Glamorgan again after a 2019 spell at the Welsh county preceded a rapid rise in which he became one of the world's best batsmen.

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But the Aussie star's second stint with Glamorgan got off to an ignominious start on Thursday.

Labuschagne injured his hand when he fell on the steps while entering the field of play for the County Championship match against Kent on Thursday.

The World No.3 batsman took part in the morning session but missed part of the afternoon while his hand was assessed.

He then returned to the field again as Kent were bowled out for just 138.

In Glamorgan's reply, Labuschagne was dismissed for just 11, trapped lbw by the English game's oldest active professional player - 44-year-old Darren Stevens.

The Welsh county side finished the opening day at 2-109.

Worryingly, Labuschagne's hand injury did seem to be troubling him during his 37-ball knock.

Meanwhile, Sir Alastair Cook brought up his first hundred of the year - and the 68th first-class ton of his illustrious career - to put Essex in control of their County Championship match at Worcester.

England's record run-scorer had struggled for form during the opening weeks of the season, but showed his class to bat for 330 minutes at New Road on Thursday.

Cook scored 115 while captain Tom Westley was unbeaten on 75 at the close of play.

Cook, who struck a masterful 172 at Lord's to help his county clinch the Bob Willis Trophy in September, eventually chopped onto his own stumps off Alzarri Joseph's bowling, but Essex finished on 2-266.

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Labuschagne's IPL snub a 'blessing in disguise'

Earlier on Thursday, Labuschagne admitted that being overlooked in the Indian Premier League auction was a "blessing in disguise".

Labuschagne had been keen to make his IPL debut and push his case for a call-up for this year's T20 World Cup.

But the star batsman went unsold in the IPL auction and instead his runs helped Queensland to Sheffield Shield glory.

"It certainly looks like it was a blessing in disguise," Labuschagne said.

"I would love to have played in the IPL, it's a great tournament. But there's always two sides to the coin.

"If I was in the IPL, I would have been away and to win a Shield is something that doesn't come around often.

Marnus Labuschagne, pictured here after being dismissed by Darren Stevens in the County Championship.
Marnus Labuschagne walks off after being dismissed by Darren Stevens in the County Championship. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

"You look at the conditions in India now and it's not looking great.

"Being in Wales, things are opening up and that's a real positive. People are getting some freedom after the last 12 to 18 months."

The 26-year-old said his thoughts have been with fellow Aussie cricketers caught in India's escalating health crisis.

"You obviously feel for them," Labuschagne said.

"But I haven't spoken to too many guys that are feeling unsafe.

"It's more about getting back into Australia and what does that look like. I just hope that they stay safe and get back to Australia safely."

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