Exclusive interview with Australian unsung hero Marnus Labuschagne: ‘Ashes cricket is more than a game’ – The Telegraph

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On the fifth morning of the Lord’s Test, Marnus Labuschagne was, in the time-honoured fashion of players omitted from the side, training hard in the nets. Then, his practice was interrupted. It was Tim Paine, Australia’s skipper.

“He said ‘look mate you’re probably playing’,” Labuschagne recalls. “From that stage I started getting my head around it.” Labuschagne would be drafted into the cauldron of an Ashes Test as the first concussion substitute in the format’s history.

And so, a few hours later, with Australia in strife at 19-2, out walked Labuschagne, in Steve Smith’s customary position at number four. From his second…

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