Marnus Labuschagne has sent social media into a frenzy after being dismissed in one of the most bizarre ways ever seen on a cricket ground. On day one of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Hobart, the Aussie striker decided to cross his stumps to aim for the opposing side. Stuart Broad immediately brought his experience to the fore and kicked the ball in, targeting the mid and leg stump. Labuschagne found himself in an absolute tangle as he attempted to kick the ball. He missed it completely and fell flat on the pitch as the ball raced into the stumps.
The dismissal made for hilarious viewing, with even the commentators unable to hold back their laughter.
– cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 14, 2022
Social media quickly buzzed, with Labuschagne’s sacking becoming the talk of the town. The dismissal was quickly immortalized by members on Twitter.
His own teammate, Travis Head, who was on the non-attacking side, said he was “looking forward to all the memes”.
“I look forward to all the memes.”
– 7Cricket (@ 7Cricket) January 14, 2022
So this is it. We’ve tried to round up some of the funniest ones for you:
Marnus Labuschagne is now a Shooting Stars meme. I’m not sorry pic.twitter.com/lFBYratGyb
— Ethan (@ethanmeldrum_) January 15, 2022
Marnus Labuschagne’s hitting coach pic.twitter.com/al3ZluEtpx
— Abhishek (@ImAbhishek7_) January 14, 2022
— CricBlog (@cric_blog) January 14, 2022
— ICC (@ICCMedia) January 15, 2022
If Marnus Labuschagne was a bowler pic.twitter.com/QiA7Q3bXYH
— A. (@EdinsonChavanni) January 14, 2022
— Cam Gauder (@CamGauder) January 14, 2022
— Trav Coutts (@TheAmbassador81) January 14, 2022
Marnus is *almost* good enough to play two games at once. Here it is just before going out in both.
— HyperBrendan (@HyperBrendan) January 14, 2022
More Riverdance, this time with Marnus Flattley
—Samson Billnutt (@Dolleymore2) January 14, 2022
Marnus: I heard you were laughing at my dismissal
Cummins: It was actually your dad Steve Smith
Marnus: Oh? pic.twitter.com/dTLGoCHiKQ
— Sritama Panda (Ross Taylor version) (@cricketpun_duh) January 14, 2022
– Singing and Dancing QLD Crab (@Glaven1994) January 14, 2022
Apart from his dismissal, Labuschagne played a huge role in bailing his side out of a precarious 12 for three. The right-hander scored a smooth 44 on just 53 balls. Head pursued good with Cameron Green giving him company.
Head was fired just after reaching his century while Green fell in love with a well-made 74.
On Day 2 Saturday Australia were knocked out for 303 with Mark Wood and Broad taking three wickets each.
England, however, again faltered with the bat and were in shock at 124 for six at tea on Day 2. Captain Pat Cummins took three wickets while Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland were also among the wickets.