London, June 11 (IANS): Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne, who was ignored in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction, raised the heat in England’s T20 Blast competition by scoring an unbeaten career-high 93 despite his blow could not lead Glamorgan to victory over Gloucestershire.
Labuschagne’s strong performance in T20 Blast could pave the way for him to compete in The Hundred as a replacement in the Southern Brave franchise for David Warner or Marcus Stoinis, who have retired from the tournament.
Labuschagne hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 56-ball innings, but Glamorgan missed by four, going 175/9 in 20 overs against 179/6 by Gloucestershire.
Marching to bat 31-for-one, Labuschagne held on as a few wickets fell with Glamorgan battling 41-for-three in 5.2 overs.
However, he singlehandedly took his camp near the total as only goaltender-batter Chris Cooke could play with a 21-ball 26.
“I’m still thinking about where I could have found those extra five points and taken the game a bit more,” Labuschagne told BBC Sport Wales.
“I’m evaluating this so that I know that when I’m in this situation again I can get us across the line. Nice to get a few points but disappointing not to get us across the line,” he added. .
“I’ve never doubted that I could get a fifty in T20 cricket, but for me it’s about winning games with Glamorgan, Australia or Queensland.
“At first my shots weren’t too different (for longer formats) but mid-round it looks very different in terms of targeting the right areas, it’s an exciting new challenge,” he said. he adds.
Born in South Africa, Labuschagne is ranked No.3 in the ICC test charts for batsmen, but his performances in limited cricket have not been of the highest level and it has not attracted the IPL or The Hundred franchises. . Its current form may force a change in mentality and earn it a contract.