Marnus Labuschagne hails century in front of his newborn daughter as ‘extra special’

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Marnus Labuschagne hails century in front of his newborn daughter as ‘extra special’ – but she was asleep when he brought up 100…while Steve Smith equals Don Bradman’s record as majestic double ton puts Aussies in charge against the Windies

  • Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith both hit double tons in first Test in Perth
  • Labuschagne’s century came in front of his newborn daughter Hallie
  • But she was asleep when her dad brought up his century and missed it
  • Australia in complete control at Optus Stadium after declaring at 4-598 
  • Smith’s 29th Test hundred draws him level with the legendary Don Bradman
  • Click here for all your latest international sports news at Daily Mail Australia 

Marnus Labuschagne admitted his first century of the summer carried extra weight as it came in front of his newborn daughter, even though she was asleep as he reached the landmark.

The Aussie batter brought up his ton on Wednesday as Australia took control of the first Test against the West Indies in Perth, ending Day 1 on 2-293.

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Labuschagne’s wife Rebekah and daughter Hallie, who was born just over two months ago, watched on from the stands as he and Steve Smith put Australia in a commanding position at Optus Stadium.

Marnus Labuschagne hailed his Test in Perth on Wednesday as ‘extra special’ as it came in front of his newborn daughter Hallie 

‘My wife and daughter came over [to Perth] so it was nice for her to see her first day of Test cricket and my hundred,’ he told Fox Sports. 

‘Those memories will sit with you for a very long time.

‘Very thankful that they’re here and this one [century] was a little bit more special as a dad.’

Unfortunately for Labuschagne, Hallie appeared to be sound asleep as her father reached three figures. 

Labuschagne shared a picture of his daughter Hallie attending her first ever Test match

Labuschagne shared a picture of his daughter Hallie attending her first ever Test match 

‘I think she was asleep when you made your hundred but was quickly woken up by mum jumping up and down,’ Fox Sports presenter Kath Loughnan told him.

Hallie may have missed her dad’s century, but she got the chance to cheer his double hundred on Thursday as Australia turned the screws against the West Indies

Labuschagne powered to a double century and Smith cracked his 29th Test ton, drawing level with Donald Bradman.

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Australia declared at 4-598, with Smith unbeaten on 200 from 311 balls, after Travis Head was bowled on 99. Earlier, he and Labuschagne had compiled a 251-run partnership that ended on the stroke of lunch with the latter out for 204. 

Labuschagne reached his double ton on Thursday as Australia turned the screw in Perth

Labuschagne reached his double ton on Thursday as Australia turned the screw in Perth

The Aussie batter reached 204 off 350 balls, with 20 fours and one six in a superb innings

The Aussie batter reached 204 off 350 balls, with 20 fours and one six in a superb innings

Australia resumed on 2-293 after dominating the opening day of the first Test between the sides in nearly seven years, with David Warner (5) and Usman Khawaja (65) the only wickets to fall.

Labuschagne began the session on 154 and Smith on 59 with the West Indies desperate for an early breakthrough.

But on an overcast day with good batting conditions, Smith hit a boundary off Kemar Roach’s opening over to signal his intent and they quickly brought up the 300.

Once again, the West Indies bowled with discipline and occasionally threatened, with Labuschagne lucky to escape after top-edging a pull shot off Jason Holder on 175.

Labuschagne and Steve Smith (right) compiled a 251-run partnership that ended on the stroke of lunch with the former out for 204.

Labuschagne and Steve Smith (right) compiled a 251-run partnership that ended on the stroke of lunch with the former out for 204.

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Smith drew level with Don Bradman as he hit his 29th Test ton and was unbeaten on 200 when Australia declared at 4-598 on day two

Smith drew level with Don Bradman as he hit his 29th Test ton and was unbeaten on 200 when Australia declared at 4-598 on day two

Labuschagne had a big let-off on 196 when wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva spilled a chance from the spin of Roston Chase. 

He was otherwise in charge and reached 200 with a boundary off Jayden Seales before he was caught by Da Silva after getting an edge off the part-time bowling of skipper Kraigg Brathwaite.

It ended a patient innings of 350 balls, with 20 fours and one six.

Australia declared after Travis Head (right) was bowled on 99 by Kraigg Brathwaite

Australia declared after Travis Head (right) was bowled on 99 by Kraigg Brathwaite

A masterful Smith was untroubled as he swept to his 29th century, off 194 balls, to equal the feat of legendary Australian Bradman, who only played 52 Tests to Smith’s 88.

Smith is now joint 14th on the all-time list with his next target the 30 of fellow Australian Matthew Hayden and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, whose son Tagenarine is making his debut for the West Indies in Perth.

Indian great Sachin Tendulkar’s 51 centuries remains the benchmark.

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