It was a game-changing last season for Marnus Labuschagne with the county Glamorgan that saw the hungry batsman gain a spot in the Australia team and his progress since his unexpected call-up in last Ashes series has been outstanding.
Labuschagne, who has quickly leapfrogged to number three in the ICC Test Batting Rankings, was eagerly looking forward to another season with Glamorgan, whose coaching staff had helped him with technical chinks in his batting, and he was eyeing another fruitful run this year.
The middle-order batter, who has become a talk of the nation, amassed 1,114 runs that were spread over 18 innings and averaged an impressive 65 with 19 wickets as the cherry on the top of a successful last year's county championship stint. The 25-year-old terms that season with Glamorgan as the turning point of his career.
“It was so important for me to go over there last year, and to continue to go over there. I really enjoy it and for me it’s about continuing to grow and learn the art of batting," said Labuschagne in a video press conference.
He is bummed about missing the season this year as quite understandably he would have loved to cash in on his rich vein of form, iron out any kinks in his batting and cruise along the path of reaching his zenith.
“I’m actually very disappointed that I can’t be over there playing for Glamorgan. I really enjoyed my time last year, everything about it," he said.
In last season, he smashed five tons and his best knock came against Sussex where he scored a massive 182-run-blitzkrieg.
Labuschagne is averaging 63.25 in Test format in his short career but he has made his intentions very clear. He’s a quick learner and certainly dreams big.
“There’s no better place to learn your game and learn how to play in different conditions than going over and playing County Cricket.
“I loved the coaches, I loved the players. It’s quite tough to see the organisation there going through this tough time."
“I’ve been staying in contact with everyone there so I hope the best for them and hope there’s some cricket played in County Cricket because we really hope there is some cricket played in England this year," said Labuschagne.
It has been a fairy-tale ride for him since the unanticipated opportunity in the Ashes that arose after Steve Smith got a concussion while facing a nasty bumper from Jofra Archer at Lord’s.
Labuschagne grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made 353 runs in 2019 Ashes. Thereon, he continued to pile on runs against Pakistan at home soil and virtually became bugbear for hapless Pakistan's young bowling attack and chipped in with more than handy leg-spin for his side as well. He remains a contracted player for his beloved English club until next year.