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Marnus Labuschagne set for Queensland captaincy debut in Adelaide

In a significant development for Queensland, Marnus Labuschagne is all set to lead the state team for the first time in a professional setting as they will be taking on South Australia in their final Marsh Cup encounter. The 29-year-old, known for his skills with the bat and his reputation in international cricket, will step into the captain’s role at Karen Rolton Oval.

Labuschagne’s appointment as captain came at a crucial juncture, with regular skipper Usman Khawaja and vice-captain Jimmy Peirson both unavailable due to rest and injury, respectively. While Khawaja gears up for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand, Peirson is nursing a knee complaint, moving the way for the 29-year-old batter to take charge.

Marnus Labuschagne makes his captaincy debut for Queensland

Despite not having much experience in leadership, Labuschagne’s appointment came after his growing stature within the Australian cricketing fraternity. Having been a pivotal figure in both the Test and ODI formats for Australia, Labuschagne’s leadership qualities are set to be put to the test in the domestic circuit.

Originally slated to lead Australia A against New Zealand A last year, he was called up for international duty, handing over the captaincy duties to Will Sutherland. Now, with the responsibility firmly on his shoulders, Labuschagne is set to make his mark as a leader.

Meanwhile, Queensland will also see the debut of 25-year-old wicket-keeper-batter Dylan McLachlan in List A cricket. However, Labuschagne’s focus will be on marshalling his troops effectively against a South Australian side boosted by the presence of Alex Carey.

As Queensland and South Australia battle it out in their final Marsh Cup fixture, both teams find themselves out of contention for a spot in the finals. However, Labuschagne’s captaincy debut is something to look forward to as he is one of the main contenders to lead the national side in the future. 

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