“I actually said to Smudge, ‘it’s like Warne'”

Australian mid-tier hitter Marnus Labuschagne says legendary Shane Warne was on his mind when he rolled his arm to spin the leg on day two of the first Test against Pakistan. The 26-year-old said a few Warne-type turners in Rawalpindi excited him.

The untimely death of the former Australian great on Friday has shocked the cricketing fraternity. Fox Cricket released a statement saying Warne was unconscious at his villa in Thailand. His friends reportedly performed CPR on the 52-year-old; but could not revive him.

Labuschagne, a part-time bowler, told Steve Smith that one of his deliveries turned out like Warne’s. The Test’s number one hitter said, as quoted by Perth Now.

“I felt a little special, to be able to throw legs there. I actually said to Smudge, ‘It’s like Warne’ when we shot really big. Obviously there wasn’t as many turn over Warne. But I turned a few, which gave me a bit of excitement.”

Labuschagne was one of the wicket takers as Pakistan went up 476-4 before declaring the second day of the opening Test. He fired veteran Azhar Ali (185), whose reverse sweep led to his dismissal. Labuchagne finished with numbers of 12-0-53-1.

“I don’t think it’s going to really sink in for at least a few days” – Marnus Labuschagne

Shane Warne.  (Image credits: Getty)
Shane Warne. (Image credits: Getty)

The prolific run-getter admitted Warne’s death had shaken fans and cricketers around the world, saying it would take time to sink in. He added:

“It’s certainly touching for everyone. Not just in the team, but across the country, everywhere. Everyone deals with it in different ways. Some people like to be alone to think about this stuff. Some people like to talk about it and be able to talk about it and talk about the good memories I don’t think it’s going to really sink in for at least a few days.

A minute of silence observed at Pindi Stadium for the victims of Peshawar and Shane Warne. #PAKvAUS

The Pakistani and Australian players observed a minute’s silence before playing on the second day. India and Sri Lanka also did the same in the ongoing test in Mohali.

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