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Glamorgan ropes in Labuschagne for two year-contract
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Glamorgan ropes in Labuschagne for two year-contract

Glamorgan has roped in Australia's rising star Marnus Labuschagne for the upcoming two seasons.

He will be seen in action in all formats for 2020 and 2021 county seasons but will be excused from participation if there is a clash with international matches.

Marnus got a surprise call up to the Test side when Steve Smith got concussed in the second Test of the Ashes series at Lord's earlier this year. 

He impressed immediately as the substitute, scored a brilliant half-century in that game and cemented his spot in the side. The temperamentally strong batsman was an important cog in the wheel in retaining the Ashes.

Marnus had a successful run in 2019 with Glamorgan that helped him grab selectors' attention. He amassed 1114 runs, struck five tons and the same number of half-centuries in 10 games. His average was an astounding 65.52 in the County Championship.

"I'm absolutely rapt to re-sign for Glamorgan and come back to Cardiff for another two years," Marnus was quoted as saying by the club's official website.

Marnus enjoys the camaraderie with his county teammates and relished time spent both on and off the field in his previous stint.

"I love the city and loved playing for the club. The boys were incredible from day one and I felt part of something special.

The 25-year-old attributed improvement in his batting to his county side's coach Matthew Maynard who worked on his batting technique. He is looking forward to working with Matthew again and play a role the team progress.

"The coaching staff were great and Matthew Maynard really understood my batting and helped me to get the best out of my game. My batting improved a lot last year under his guidance and I'm excited to work him again. But I'm equally excited to do everything I can to help drive the team into Division One. We definitely have the playing talent and coaching staff to get us there," explained Marnus.

Marnus is trying to break into Australia's ODI side and has set his eyes on the domestic season with Queensland. He is keen on consolidating his position in Test team with the upcoming two-Test match series in Bangladesh.

Glamorgan coach Mathew was all praise for the technician in the Australia side and went so far as to say that he bats in a similar style as batting giant Sir Vivian Richards.

"It's brilliant, he brought a huge amount of energy to the team last year. He had a huge amount of skill with the bat, with his leg-spin and in the field, as well as his character. He reminded me very much of Viv Richards in terms of his drive, his passion and being a real leader on the field," opined Maynard.