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Marnus Labuschagne’s superb summer continued with a wonderful – albeit lucky – century at the Gabba that took him beyond the great Don Bradman in terms of runs scored in his first three innings at the ground.
Dropped on 37 by Ajinkya Rahane at gully, and dropped again by Cheteshwar Pujara in the slips moments before he reached his half-century, Labuschagne made the visitors pay with his first century of the series, reaching 101* off 195 balls.
The Queenslander then fell soon after for 108 off 204, mistiming a pull shot to be caught by Rishabh Pant off Natarajan.
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The Australian No. 3 now has five hundreds and 10 half-centuries in just 18 Test matches.
And in his three Test matches at the Gabba, Labuschagne now boasts an incredible record of two centuries and a half century from just three innings, averaging 124.66.
It also meant he broke Don Bradman’s longstanding record for the most runs after three Test knocks on the ground.
Most runs after three innings at the Gabba:
374 – Marnus Labuschagne
326 – Don Bradman
310 – Doug Walters
300 – Brian Booth
286 – Norm O’Neill
In the last five years, no Australian has scored more Test runs at the ground. Steve Smith, who has now played five innings across four matches in the last five years, has the same number (374).
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On the back of two half-centuries at the SCG (91 and 73), a 47 at Adelaide and a 48 in Melbourne, Labuschagne finally broke through for his first ton of the series.
He now is the top run-scorer of the campaign, with 401 from seven innings at an average of 57.28. Smith sits second with 258 runs, ahead of Ajinkya Rahane with 207 runs from six innings.
Labuschagne should buy a lottery ticket…..
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 15, 2021