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Sheffield Shield 2021/22

Watch: Marnus Labuschagne struck by leaping delivery on pitch deemed unsafe for play

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Marnus Labuschagne was struck numerous times during the Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and South Australia after a damp patch on the wicket led to uneven bounce.

The match, which is being contested at the Karen Rolton Oval, was suspended for the day after 50 overs with the score at 87-1 with Labuschagne on 21 off 48 balls and Bryce Street unbeaten on 45 off 147.

Labuschagne was struck on the gloves and survived dismissal after the ball exploded off the pitch to threaten his gloves and the shoulder of his bat.

Overall, the patch led to scoring being extremely slow with only 87 runs scored off the 50 overs that were played in the day. According to ESPNCricinfo, Joe Burns, who had earlier been dismissed for 17 off 105 deliveries had “walked off in disbelief” after edging to second slip from a delivery that had “caused a chunk of the pitch to come up”.

Was the erratic bounce enough to be deemed dangerous? Watch below to decide for yourself…

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