Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne | Picture: ICC

Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne has become the highest run-scorer in Tests in 2019.

Labuschagne ends the year as the only batsman to score 1000 runs in the longest format in 2019.

The 25-year-old has 1104 runs to his name while compatriot and second-placed Steve Smith is 139 runs behind.

The right-handed batsman has been in sublime form in Test series against New Zealand as he had smashed one ton and two half-centuries during the series.

Earlier, the South Africa-born Labuschagne also attained career-best ranking after making a jump of one place to secure the fourth place in the latest International Cricket Council’s
(ICC) Test ranking.

Since making his debut in 2018, Labuschagne has played 13 Test and has scored 1185 runs, with a healthy average of 56.4.

In 2019, Labuschagne has smashed three centuries and six half-centuries, including a 185 against Pakistan.

Labuschagne, who is also regular leg-break bowler, has bagged 12 wickets in Test, with best figures of 3/45, also against Pakistan.

Last week, Australia defeated New Zealand by 247 runs to take an impregnable 2-0 lead over their Trans-Tasman rivals.

The third and final Test will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from January 3-7.


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