Ashes: Social media pokes fun at Marnus Labuschagne after hilarious sacking by Stuart Broad

  • Marnus Labuschagne had led Australia’s comeback after losing three wickets
  • He and Travis Head had entered into a 71-year partnership prior to their release
  • No. 1 batsman Labuschagne went over his stumps but then appeared to slip
  • He saw his middle stump knocked back by Stuart Broad, who roared and celebrated

Social media have poked fun at Marnus Labuschagne after he was sacked in rather bizarre circumstances in the first session on day one of the final Ashes Test.

The world No. 1 Test batsman had helped Australia bounce back from 12 to 3 and led the hosts’ comeback in a 50-run partnership with Travis Head.

Labuschagne had effectively countered with some glorious boundaries but the duo’s eventual 71-run streak was brought to an abrupt end with a bizarre sacking for Australia’s No.3.

Marnus Labuschagne had a forgettable sending off after being comically bowled

Marnus Labuschagne had a forgettable sending off after being comically bowled

The Australian batsman was moving over his stumps to try and put pressure on Stuart Broad

The Australian batsman was moving over his stumps to try and put pressure on Stuart Broad

But then he seemed to slip as he tried to shove the first ball into the leg side of Broad's ninth

But then he seemed to slip as he tried to shove the first ball into the leg side of Broad’s ninth

The Australian batsman appeared intent on applying pressure from the first ball of Stuart Broad’s ninth over of the inning.

But he stepped too far over his stumps trying to work the ball into the side of his leg and saw his middle stump removed as he slipped. Labuschagne then ended the hilarious dismissal by falling flat on his face while Broad let out a huge roar in celebration.

Pat Cummins and Steve Smith – who were sacked by Ollie Robinson in the first hour at Blundstone Arena for a duck in the second ball – giggled at the sacking as they watched the replay on a laptop in the dressing room.

And social media reacted to Labuschagne’s sacking with a simple statement: “That could be one of the worst shots I’ve ever seen”.

Labuschagne was then in an almighty tangle and was subsequently bowled by Broad

Labuschagne was then in an almighty tangle and was subsequently bowled by Broad

He then fell flat on his face to complete his embarrassing release

He then fell flat on his face to complete his embarrassing release

Meanwhile, another added: “I don’t care if we lose this series 4-0 now.

“Seeing Marnus Labuschagne step out while planting the field face to face made all those late nights and shattered sleep patterns totally worth it.”

Another, meanwhile, said: “This is the Marnus Labuschagne way I’ve ever seen coming out. He could have yelled “NO RUNNN…” too.

Others saw the entertainment value in his firing, adding: “Never get tired of seeing Labuschagne lying on the floor after bowling!” while another said: “Marnus Labuschagne is definitely the most entertaining cricket on the field right now, be it with a bat or during the field.”

Meanwhile, the BBC’s Alison Mitchell added: “Only Labuschagne could fall over in such an extravagant way.”

Labuschagne’s dismissal 10 minutes before the break rounded off an impressive first session for the tourists. David Warner was sent off for a 22-ball duck before Usman Khawaja caught the slip.

Smith then fell before Head and Labuschagne’s rebellion against Ollie Robinson.

Broad (right) roared with delight after taking Australia's fourth wicket of the morning

Broad (right) roared with delight after taking Australia’s fourth wicket of the morning

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