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18 Nov 2021
Marnus Labuschange and the returning Travis Head counterattacked their way out trouble after Australia went down by three wickets in the first hour of play at the Bellerive Oval on Friday, 14 January. However, the relief was shortlived as Stuart Broad cleaned up the right hander just before dinner to break a crucial partnership.
Having lost the entire top order inside 12 runs and been served a lifeline by Zak Crawley in the slips, Labuschange took the onus upon himself in the morning and hit back at the English bowling attack with flowing drives and swanky pulls.
Labuschange was ruthless against anything overpitched and decided to take it on despite five men in the slips waiting to pouch onto anything offered to them.
After a few uppish drives, Labuschange looked in his element and decided to take on anything bowled short or full off good length.
The right hander was well supported by Travis Head who returned into the Test fold after contracting Covid-19. Head, while he wasn’t as flamboyant as his partner, scored at his usual brisk rate to add on to the partnership.
The duo had added 71 runs in 73 balls before the right hander got bowled out by slipping on his crease against a fairly straightforward delivery from Broad.