WTC Final Day 3: Marnus Labuschagne caught napping as Siraj awakens Australia’s Second Innings

In a surprising turn of events during the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and Australia, Marnus Labuschagne, the No. 3 batter for Australia, was caught off guard when his opening partners, David Warner and Usman Khawaja, stepped onto the field for their team’s second innings. Labuschagne, however, seemed to disregard the need to stay alert and was caught in a literal power nap moment.

After the Indian team’s brave fightback, led by Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur, resulted in their dismissal for 296 runs, Australia held a lead of 173 runs. With Warner and Khawaja at the crease, Australia aimed to further extend their advantage. While the Indian team and both Warner and Khawaja were focused and ready, Labuschagne appeared to be dozing off in the team balcony. The cameras captured Marnus with his head down and eyes closed, a sight that surprised everyone. The footage lingered on Labuschagne for nearly 20 seconds, during which he remained motionless.

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However, Labuschagne’s nap was abruptly interrupted by Mohammed Siraj of the Indian team. Siraj, in the very next delivery, dismissed David Warner, providing India with their first breakthrough. Siraj had previously troubled Warner outside off-stump, and this time he managed to find the edge, leading to a catch by wicketkeeper KS Bharat. The cameras immediately shifted focus to Labuschagne in the change room, who was by then back on his feet, preparing himself for the game.

Another camera angle revealed that Labuschagne was awakened by the roar of the crowd at The Oval. The half-asleep Marnus turned his head in response to the noise, thanks to Siraj’s timely wake-up call, who once again made an impact with the new ball. In the first innings, Siraj had dismissed Khawaja in a similar manner.

Upon Labuschagne’s arrival at the crease, Mohammed Shami welcomed him with a ball that rose sharply, hitting Marnus on the gloves. In a replay of the first innings, Labuschagne dropped his bat and reacted with a jump of pain. Fortunately for him and Australia, no significant damage was done.

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