Newly-appointed England Check captain Ben Stokes has been floored by an Australian paceman within the County Championship, however most likely not the bowler you’d count on.
The Durham all-rounder was left reeling on the bottom in agony after copping a nasty supply from none apart from Marnus Labuschagne, who was bowling medium tempo within the first-class contest on Thursday.
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Durham was 9/192 within the 59th over when Stokes tried to drag a brief supply from Labuschagne by way of sq. leg, however the left-hander as a substitute edged the Duke ball into the midriff.
The 30-year-old instantly collapsed to the deck and dropped his bat, shifting his legs round to take care of the after-effects of the painful blow — Labuschagne supplied a sheepish apology earlier than Stokes gingerly returned to his ft just a few seconds later.
Nonetheless, Stokes bought his payback by brutishly smacking two sixes off Labuschagne’s leg spin later that day.
Stokes was finally eliminated by Australian veteran Michael Hogan for 82, edging a supply by way of to wicketkeeper Chris Cooke.
The England Check skipper has been in devastating kind since his appointment — final week, he smashed a belligerent 88-ball 161 against Worcestershire to rewrite the historical past books.
Labuschagne’s versatility with the ball has turn out to be a precious weapon for Glamorgan this season, along with his medium tempo and leg spin each claiming wickets all through the County Championship.
Final week, the Queenslander took 3/65 throughout Glamorgan’s six-wicket victory over Leicestershire, along with his wrist spin accounting for 3 top-order scalps in Cardiff.
And final month, he claimed two wickets within the seven-wicket win over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge bowling medium tempo, together with the dismissal of former England batter Ben Duckett.
In whole, Labuschagne has taken seven wickets at 36.00 for Glamorgan this 12 months, boasting a commendable strike price of 56.4 with the ball.
Durham was finally bowled out for 311, with Glamorgan shedding two wickets earlier than stumps was referred to as in Chester-le-Avenue.
Labuschagne is unbeaten on 16 in a single day, with Glamorgan captain David Lloyd not out on the different finish on eight.