South African-born Marnus Labuschagne. Photo: screengrab @cricketaus on twitter

JOHANNESBURG – South African-born Marnus Labuschagne on Tuesday was included in the Australia squad for their two-match Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. 

Labuschagne fittingly made his debut for Australia A against South Africa A last month in the Tri-Series in India, and scored 64 batting at number four in the 50-over match.

The 24-year-old, who was born in Klerksdorp in 1994, left South Africa at the age of 10 to move to Australia. 

The batting all-rounder made his first class debut for South Australia in November 2014. Since then he has scored 2147 runs at an average of 35, with four centuries and 23 50s. With the ball, the part-time legbreak bowler has taken 12 wickets at an average of 55.

There are five debutants in the squad, with the first Test scheduled for October 7 in Dubai and the second in Abu Dhabi on October 16. 

The Australia squad is: 

Tim Paine (captain), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc. 

African News Agency (ANA)


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