Labuschagne has a partner who knocks him down, pet dog as' keeper

MELBOURNE: Australian treadmill Marnus Labuschagne He has a good friend who knocks him over with a duct tape tennis ball while his dog doubles as a wicketkeeper, ensuring the homeowner doesn't lose any of his hitting skills during the lockdown period.

Labuschagne was named this week along with compatriots Pat cummins & Ellyse Perry Among Wisden Almanack Players of the Year.

With sport coming to a standstill owing to the COVID-19 pandemic & lockdowns enforced in many countries as one of the means to fight the disease, Labuschagne has devised an innovative way to continue his practice at home.

I've done it for the past few days, just because I missed it, Labuschagne told SEN Radio Melbourne on Thursday when asked about his return to bats after Australia's ODI series against New Zealand was suspended last month.

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For his practice, he is using a makeshift synthetic strip that runs through the garage of his Brisbane home.

The pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, has so far claimed more than 88,000, infecting more than 14 lakh people worldwide.

The extraordinary situation has meant that Labuschagne will not face the best fast bowlers in the world for an indefinite period.

He found help in a partner who is also currently isolated in the house where Labuschagne lives with his wife, Rebekah .

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