“Brute of a ball”: Mitchell Starc hits Marnus Labuschagne with a vicious bouncer during the match in Sheffield. Watch


Mitchell Starc and Marnus Labuschagne represent Australia on the international stage, but they face off when it comes to Sheffield Shield – Australia’s domestic tournament. Starc and Labuschagne may share the same dressing room on international duty, but the fast bowler was in no mood to hand out favors at a Sheffield Shield match between Queensland and New South Wales. Starc entered and threw a cruel bouncer that slapped Labuschagne on the arm. Luckily for the batsman, no harm was done as he casually walked out for lunch.

Watch Starc’s brilliant bouncer for Labuschagne here:

This was not the only incident involving the two stars of the Australian national team on Day 1 of the match. With Labuschagne hitting at 39 and Queensland at 127 for four, Starc ran into the bowl at Jimmy Peirson, but stopped just as he was about to deliver the ball.

Starc then warned Labuschagne to get back into his fold. Funnily enough, Labuschagne had not backed up too much and was only inches from the line.

No love seems to be lost between these two Australian cricketers.

Watch Starc nearly approach ‘Mankad’s’ Labuschagne, but instead decide to get him talking:

However, Labuschagne was not disturbed by his fight with Starc and went on with his business, scoring a nice half century.

At the time of writing this, Queensland was 201 for four after 67 overs, with Labuschagne not out at 83 while Peirson hit at 39.

New South Wales won the coin toss and chose the field. Bryce Street and Joe Burns gave Queensland a solid start before Harry sent Conway Street on its way. Burns was next to fall, while Usman Khawaja didn’t last long either, as Sean Abbott struck in quick succession.


Matt Renshaw was caught by Starc when Queensland was in trouble with 115 for four.

Labuschagne and Peirson, however, played brilliantly to keep the ship stable for Queensland.

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