Cricket

SA-born batsman set for Aussie Test debut

2018-09-11 11:30
Marnus Labuschagne (Getty)
Marnus Labuschagne (Getty)

Melbourne - South African-born batsman Marnus Labuschagne has been included in a 15-man Australian Test squad for their upcoming two-match series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

The 24-year-old was born in Klerksdorp in 1994, but he family emigrated to Australia 10 years later in 2004. 

Labuschangne, who plays his cricket out of Queensland, has represented Australia 'A' in the past but now has an opportunity to be part of a new-look Test side. 

There are five debutants in coach Justin Langer's squad, with him unable to select from among the suspended trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft and injured fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Michael Neser, Brendan Doggett, Travis Head and Aaron Finch are the other potential debutants.

A middle-order batsman who also bowls a bit of leg spin, Labuschagne has a modest first-class batting average of 35.19.

The first Test begins October 7 in Dubai, with the second scheduled for Abu Dhabi from October 16.

The teams will later play three Twenty20 matches.

Australia squad:

Tim Paine (captain), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc

Read more on:    australia  |  marnus schoeman  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.