Marnus Labuschagne, the top-ranked Test batsman, has explained why he took a quick nap in Australia’s second innings in the ICC World Test Championship Final at The Oval as bowlers were pummeling his teammates.
As teammates David Warner and Usman Khawaja attempted to extend Australia’s lead, Marnus Labuschagne decided to relax and nap. However, the No. 3 batsman was forcibly awakened and brought out to the middle when Mohammed Siraj struck, according to ICC.
“I was just resting my eyes between balls and just relaxing,” Labuschagne told SEN Cricket after the day’s play. “I was trying to calm my nerves a little bit, you can’t watch the game all the time, I got up there and was awake pretty soon. I didn’t have too many rests there when Siraj banged that first one in.”
With Siraj continuing his bowling tirade, Labuschagne needed to be alert and laser-focused.
The batsman took several blows to the gloves before scoring 41* at the end of play and giving Australia a commanding lead going into day four.
With two days left to play, Australia will resume at 123/4 and a 296-run lead. Green 7* will partner Labuschagne as they try to extend their lead.
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