Two weeks ago, Marnus Labuschagne looked impenetrable at the crease.
The Queenslander compiled a masterful 192 against New South Wales to help the Bulls secured a coveted Sheffield Shield title at Allan Border Field,
The Blues bowling attack was headlined by Test stalwarts Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood, but Labuschagne made the powerhouse trio look terribly ordinary.
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However, the Australian Test No. 3 was humbled by a 44-year-old veteran in his County Championship return on Thursday.
Playing his first game with Glamorgan this year, Labuschagne was trapped LBW by cult hero Darren Stevens for 11 at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens.
The Kent seamer struck the Aussie’s front pad, his delivery nipping off a good length and beating the inside edge.
Labuschagne knew he was plumb, as did the umpire.
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Stevens is one of the sport’s many unsung heroes — he has played 311 first-class matches since making his debut in 1997, scoring 15,926 runs and claiming 554 wickets in the game’s longest format.
The English all-rounder seems to get better with age. During the 2020 summer, Stevens was the Bob Willis Trophy’s third-highest wicket-taker, snaring 29 scalps at 15.58 with a stellar economy rate of 2.16.
And his 2021 campaign got underway with an unbeaten 116 not out against Northamptonshire earlier this month.
Stevens was recently named among Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year for 2021, becoming the oldest player to achieve the prestigious feat in 88 years.
His longevity is remarkably rare in the modern era of cricket — Australian all-rounder Cameron Green was just five weeks old when Stevens registered his maiden first-class century in 1999.
Stevens turns 45 on Friday, but is a long-awaited Test debut completely out of the question?
Darren Stevens celebrates taking the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne.Source:Getty Images
Labuschagne’s freak injury
Labuschagne’s 2021 County campaign started in less than ideal fashion, with the 26-year-old tripping and falling on the pavilion steps at Sophia Gardens, hurting his left hand.
After a few hours in the field, he was sent for scans which thankfully showed no serious damage.
However, some reports suggested Labuschagne appeared bothered by the hand injury during his batting innings later in the day.
“He might be a little jet-lagged still and tripped down the stairs before we got onto the field, but he’s a great player and he’ll be right to go further into the game,” Glamorgan paceman Timm van der Gugten told BBC Sport Wales on Thursday.
After rattling Kent for 138 in the first innings, Glamorgan was 2/109 at stumps.
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