Marnus Labushagne has fulfilled a cricket dream after surviving a big scare in the nineties to seal his maiden Test century on day three at the Gabba against Pakistan.
Labuschagne was a revelation for Australia in the Ashes, filling in for Steve Smith after the former captain was concussed in the second Test.
In fact, apart from Smith, the classy right-handed Queensland star ended the series in England as Australia's next most consistent batsman.
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Labuschagne's average of 50.42 saw him end the series as Australia's second-highest run-scorer, with a total of 353 runs.
As impressive as the 25-year-old's rise in the Test arena has been, the one major thing missing from his CV was a Test century.
That was until Saturday at the Gabba - the milestone made even sweeter as it occurred on Labuschagne's home ground.
However, the century looked to be in doubt when Labuschagne was given out in the nineties LBW from the bowling of Pakistan spinner Yasir Shah.
The Aussie immediately reviewed the decision, with Hot Spot showing an inside edge from the bat before it hit his pad.
Viewers let out a collective sigh of relief, before Labuschagne eventually brought up his maiden ton a short time later, courtesy of a fortunate edge down to the third man boundary.
Umpires had a stinker there... edge was clear as day live #AUSvPAK— People Call Me Denno 🤷♀️🤷♀️ (@Denno10_) November 23, 2019
NOT OUT!!! Good review. Marnus survives.— Vibhuti🇦🇺🦘 (@Vibhuti_R14) November 23, 2019
Marnus given out lbw (Yasir) on 93, but reviews immediately.— betti w. woo (@bettiwettiwoo) November 23, 2019
BIG white spot on hot spot. Bat first. Pad later. Reversed.#AUSvPAK
Woke up to see Steve Smith batting 💔 he went quickly. Happy with Labuschagne getting on his Maiden 100 well played Labuschagne always wanted to see him scoring that 3 figures finally.— Adnan🇦🇺 (@iamadnan49) November 23, 2019
Maidan century always feel special.— Momina Sarwar 🇵🇰 (@iamhafeeezgirl) November 23, 2019
Congratulations Labuschagne 🤞🏻❤#AUSvPAK
Superb first international century from Labuschagne. The exits of Warner and Smith this morning have underlined that this was no straightforward task, but he has equipped himself brilliantly for the challenges of Test match batting #AusvPak— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) November 23, 2019
Maiden test century for Marnus Labuschagne. What a start to his Test career he has had! #AUSvPAK— The Opening Statsman (@OpeningStatsman) November 23, 2019
So stoked for Labuschagne on his maiden Test century! What a player he's been since he came in for a concussed Smith in the Ashes! #AUSvPAK— Click (@ClickCollins) November 23, 2019
Yes!!! First test century for Marnus Labuschagne! First of many 😁😁😁 #AUSvsPAK— Patrick Gray (@PatrickM_Gray) November 23, 2019
Australia started the day at 1-312 but lost opener David Warner after a swashbuckling 154.
Pakistan's 16-year-old phenomenon Naseem Shah claimed the momentous wicket of Warner, which also happened to be his first wicket ever in Test cricket.
Warner's knock came after a lean Ashes series, however, the opener insisted he was not out of form.
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The lefty-handed batsman scored more runs and faced more balls on Friday than he did in his entire Ashes campaign, after Stuart Broad had him regularly nicking off in England.
But back home on his preferred Australian tracks Warner had no such trouble, looking at complete ease against Pakistan at the Gabba.
Steve Smith was the next to fall for the Aussies after he was uncharacteristically clean bowled by spinner Shah for just four runs, before Labuaschagne hit his milestone.
It ended a run of near things for Queenslander Labuschagne, who has passed 50 in five of his last eight Test innings as well as in three Sheffield Shield games this summer.
A small technical change has helped, opening up his stance slightly with a small trigger movement that also changes the axis of his bat swing.
Again though, there were nervous moments on Saturday.
He survived the chance on 93 after being given out LBW to Shah’s top-spinner.
Labuschagne was also dropped on 33 on day two, as an edge off Haris Sohail went straight through the hands of Asad Shafiq at first slip and straight to the boundary.
But otherwise he was superb.
He drove exquisitely on both sides of the wicket at his home ground, hitting anything full both through the covers and masterfully down past mid on.
Labuschagne's century comes after a remarkable journey for the South African-born batsman.
His family moved to Australia at age 10, and he first featured in a Test at the Gabba in 2010 when he was paid $90 a day to move Channel Nine's hot spot camera.
In 2014 he made his name when he took a smart catch at short leg as a sub-fielder for Australia at the same ground, four years before his Test debut.
In January he scored his first Test half-century in Brisbane, hitting 81 against Sri Lanka in what remained his highest score for Australia until this Test.
But it will be Saturday's knock at the ground he will cherish the most, confirming his position as Australia's best first-drop batsman indefinitely.