Marnus’ controversial move sparks debate

A controversial moment involving Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne during this week’s Sheffield Shield contest in Wollongong has sparked heated debate on social media.

New South Wales registered 381 in the first innings against Queensland at North Dalton Park, with young gun Jason Sangha scoring his third first-class century.

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But cricket fans were frantically looking up the Laws of Cricket following the dismissal of wicketkeeper Baxter Holt early on day two.

Queensland spinner Mitchell Swepson dished up a full delivery, which Holt looked to slap over mid-on.

The thick outside edge flew towards Labuschagne at cover, who claimed the catch before awkwardly tripping over his legs.

But as Labuschagne regained his balance, the ball slipped out of his hands and fell onto the turf.

Marnus Labuschagne of Queensland.Source:Getty Images

Despite some confusion in the commentary box, the on-field umpires awarded the wicket and players made their way back to the pavilion for the innings break.

However, many cricket pundits believed the catch should have been disallowed, arguing that the Queenslander did not simultaneously have control over the ball and his movement.

According to Law 33.33: “The act of making a catch … shall end when a fielder obtains complete control over both the ball and his/her own movement.”

I'd be okay if this was given not out.

Just hold onto the ball, Marnus 😂#SheffieldShield

In control of the ball and his movement?

That's a dropped catch. Full stop.

Cricket reporter Melinda Farrell tweeted: “It’s reasonable to ask the legitimate question of whether or not he had control of his movement as well as the ball, which — according to the Law — he needs to have.”

The moment also inevitably drew comparisons to Herschelle Gibbs’ infamous dropped catch at the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

Queensland was 2/184 at stumps on day two, still trailing New South Wales by 197 runs. Labuschagne was 81 not out overnight, with skipper Usman Khawaja also unbeaten on 12.

Australian tweaker Nathan Lyon was the lone wicket-taker for the Blues, removing Queensland opener Bryce Street and Joe Burns for 59 and 15 respectively.

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