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Marnus Labuschagne breaks numerous records with maiden double ton

Labuschagne has placed himself 2nd in the list of cricketers with highest Test averages.

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Marnus Labuschagne breaks numerous records with maiden double ton
Marnus Labuschagne hits first double ton of the new decade. Photo: Getty Images

Marnus Labuschagne smashes a double hundred as Australia accumulated a massive 454 runs in their first innings against New Zealand during the third Test in Sydney.

The maiden double ton was so far his highest Test score of 215 featuring 363 deliveries studded with 19 shots to the boundary and a single six. His previous best was 185 against Pakistan in Brisbane last November.

He stuck on 199 for twenty minutes and then released the shackle edging Colin de Grandhomme through the slips.

He is also the first player to make four 140 plus test scores during an Australian summer.

With the feat, he went past Steve Smith’s Test average. The former Aussie skipper has a Test average of 62.84 while Labuschagne now has a Test average of 63.63.

Overall, Labuschagne has placed himself 2nd in the list of cricketers with highest Test averages (after minimum 20 innings), only next to Don Bradman, who had an average of 99.94 in his Test career.

He also became the first Aussie batsman to register a double hundred batting at no. 3. Overall, he is the 38th Australian cricketer to score a double ton in Test cricket. Since November 2019, the 25-year old scored a hundred, two 150 plus scores and one double hundred.

Labuschagne also became the 5th highest Test run-scorer after first 22 innings in the world, with 1,400 runs in his Test career so far. He is only next to Australia’s Don Bradman (2,115), England’s Herbert Sutcliffe (1,611), West Indies’ Everton Weekes (1,520), and Australia’s Arthur Morris (1,408).

Most runs in an Australian summer: 

BatsmanTeamInningsRuns HighestAverage100sSeason
Wally HammondEngland9905251113.1241928/29
Marnus LabuschagneAustralia7837215119.5742019/20
Neil HarveyAustralia983420592.6641952/53
Don BradmanAustralia98102709031936/37
Don BradmanAustralia5806299*201.541931/32

Highest Test batting average: 

BatsmanTeamMatchesInningsRunsHighestAverage100s50s
Don BradmanAustralia5280699633499.942913
Marnus LabuschagneAustralia1422140021563.6347
Steve SmithAustralia73131722723962.842629
Adam VogesAustralia20311485269*61.8754
Graeme PollockSouth Africa2341225627460.97711

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