Marnus Labuschagne is known to be a bit 'out there', but a revelation from the Aussie cricket star in the new season of 'The Test' has left fans scratching their heads. The second season of the Amazon documentary was released last week, chronicling last summer's Ashes series against England, as well as tours of Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The documentary also covered Justin Langer's exit as head coach and the furore that erupted as a result. But one off-beat moment has proved an equally big talking point - and it centres around the way Labuschagne eats a toasted sandwich.
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In the first episode, the batter runs viewers through his routine for making a humble toastie, which includes putting it in the fridge AFTER toasting it. He then explains how he likes to let it get really cold before hitting the nets and eating it afterwards.
“Not many people do this, but I like a toastie that’s actually cold,” he says. “Get that cheese to harden up, go for a hit, come back, boom, toastie is ready to go.”
The revelation has left the cricket world speechless, with social media filled with comments about the unusual habit. Sports journalist Russell Bennett tweeted recently: "Sure, there’s drama aplenty with JL (Langer) and Tim Paine, but without a shadow of a doubt the most extraordinary scene of the entire second season of The Test is Marnus putting a piping hot ham toastie in the fridge in episode one. The bloke is not of this planet.”
One fan wrote: "Biggest take away from The Test season 2 is Marnus putting freshly toasted toastie in the fridge. Outrageous behaviour." Another added: "Marnus Labuschange putting his toastie in the fridge before eating it. Knew he was a different cat but this tops the list. Just have a cheese sandwich mate."
I love Marnus Labuschagne but the fact he butchers a toastie so badly is a travesty and a crime against humanity
— TheCricketMen (@thecricketmen) January 13, 2023
Marnus Labuschagne has some quirks, more than many players probably, but each to their own etc etc. However, cooking a cheese toastie and then putting it in the fridge before eating it is … weird. #thetest #queenslander
— Bernard Zuel (@BernardZuel) January 13, 2023
— Ross (@ross_crockett) January 13, 2023
I’m lost for words on Marnus putting a toastie in the fridge. What on earth. #thetest
— Damian Gill (@DamianPGill) January 13, 2023
Marnus putting his hot toastie straight in the fridge is one of the worst things I've ever seen.
— Grandy Promenade. (@RCT_10) January 13, 2023
Labuschagne is known for his love of a toastie, but unfortunately it's not the first time they've landed him in hot water. The Queenslander was slammed by Langer when he walked out to field with one in his pocket during Australia's loss to India at the Gabba in 2020.
“You’re walking on against India, we’re trying to win a Test match and one of our players walks on with a toasted sandwich in his hand,” Langer said at the time. “How do you reckon it looks, mate?”
“Now I’m the grumpiest prick in the world because I told Marnus not to take a toasted ham and cheese sandwich after his 40-minute lunch break."
Marnus Labuschagne opens up on faith
Also in the documentary, Labuschagne opens up about his Christain faith and how it has helped his cricket. The batter always plays with a sticker of an eagle on the bottom of his bat, which teammates reckon is the source of his incredible luck.
The eagle represents a bible verse - Isiah 40:31m - which states: “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles; They shall run and not be weary; They shall walk and not faint.”
Speaking to camera, Labuschagne says: “Everyone knows cricket’s a major part of my life. The value of me as a person isn’t in cricket. It’s in my faith.
“I grew up in Christianity. Going back to when I was a young kid, laying in my bed, praying every night. I might not be the carbon copy Australian cricketer that people thought, but I’m me.
“One of the biggest things in sport is your mind, and once your mind goes down a path, you can’t stop it. It just goes down that path. I don’t think stickers matter until you start thinking it matters."
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