Third test, Day 2: Marnus Labuschagne hits a double ton maiden while Australia makes 454
SYDNEY Marnus Labuschagne He continued his remarkable golden summer with a double century maiden before Australia was fired for 454 to bring tea on the second day of the third Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
The irrepressible 25-year-old player had 20 minutes nervous a race below the milestone, but a 19 ° earned him his first test score in more than 200 and a standing ovation of a packed Sydney Cricket Ground .
Labuschagne finally left for 215, caught and thrown by spinner Todd Astle, and left the field to another great ovation after scoring 837 runs at an average of 119.57 in five home tests this season.
He faced 363 deliveries in a magnificent entry that seems to have put Australia on the way to another victory to add to the victories they enjoyed in the first two Trials of the three-game series in Perth and Melbourne.
New Zealand had eliminated its first batting partner of the day, Matthew Wade (22), in the first round of the game and in the second round, Travis Head (10) before lunch and did a relatively short job after Labuschagne's departure.
There was concern that the high temperatures forecast for Saturday could worsen the emergence of forest fires in Australia and that the acrid smoke layer that Sydney has covered several times in recent weeks could return.
However, Labuschagne resumed his entries at 130 under a bright sunny sky, and soon surpassed 150 for the third time in the five home trials against Pakistan and New Zealand.
With Australia completely dominating those games, their fans have had a lovely little drama to enjoy, so it was perhaps understandable that they took full advantage of Labuschagne's progress during the 190s.
They kept them waiting for four overs with Labuschagne stuck in 199 and there were good-hearted boos for Captain Tim Paine when he scored a single in the final ball of one to keep the blow for the next.
New Zealand went to the field to deny him the single and it worked for seven deliveries until he hit a Colin de Grandhomme delivery and got a thick edge that sent the ball running to the limit.
Labuschagne ran through the wicket and shook his bat in the air in celebration before taking off his helmet to soak himself in the applause of a cheerful sunbathing crowd.