Marnus Labuschagne is back, and with a bang! Perth witnessed artistry with the bat as he nudged, drove, cut and flicked all around the WACA with razor-like precision to reach the 2nd double hundred of his career and on the way registered his name beside the all time great, Sir Don , equaling his record of 29 centuries. Labuschagne took to the hapless West Indian bowlers with dismay and disdain as his willow got the cherry all over the park on his way to become one of the greats, not only in Australia but also on earth.
After waiting for almost 3 years since his first double hundred against New Zealand, the ” Master at work” was at his sublime best as he hit 20 fours and a six on his way to 204 of 349 balls. The 9 hour long innings was initially helping the bowlers to begin with, as it does in Perth more often than not. As David Warner was dismissed early for 5, both Labuschagne and Khwaja had their task cut out as they aimed to build a solid foundation to pose a challenging score in the 1st innings. However, Khwaja
got out at 65 after doing the initial hard work as Steve Smith joined hands with Labuschagne to steer the game away from the Windies.
However, a sudden lapse of concentration just after reaching his double hundred, downed the curtains on an otherwise chance less innings for the ” Michael Angelo of Australia”.