Marnus Labuschagne’s prolific run since returning to the Australian setup as Steve Smith’s replacement in the 2019 Ashes continued, with the right-hander entering the fifth test century of his career.
The Queenslander raised his ton with a forefoot punch through the cover of Indian fast Mohammed Siraj’s bowling alley, running four as the ball stopped just before the limit.
Labuschagne was twice dumped on his way to his century at La Gabba, but his hundred saved what quickly became a horror first round, after workers David Warner and Marcus Harris were fired before lunch.
Labuschagne marched to the crease when Australia were 1-4 and quickly became the anchor the hosts desperately craved, especially after Steve Smith was skittled for 36 years after a strong start .
Legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne praised Test de Labuschagne’s young but very successful career.
“Fantastic player, Marnus Labuschagne,” Warne said on Fox Cricket.
“He’s become a great player. Five hundred and 10 50 in his 18 test games are just exceptional things.
“He just seems to be getting better and better.
“We’re talking about the ‘big three’ with (Virat) Kohli, Smith and (Kane) Williamson, but this man is not far behind in the small number of test matches he has played.
“He’s a very good player.”
The Queenslander was ultimately knocked down for 108 of 204 balls when he dominated and skied the ball to goalkeeper Rishabh Pant.