County news – Hamish Rutherford joins Glamorgan as Marnus Labuschagne leaves early


Australia batter returns home for family reasons, as New Zealand opener replaces him

Marnus Labuschagne will return to Australia after the T20 Blast group stages to spend time with his family before a busy home summer, with Glamorgan signing Hamish Rutherford, the New Zealand batter, as a replacement overseas player for the final two months of the county season.

Labuschagne has not had the same impact in this season’s County Championship as he did in 2019, when he made 1114 runs in 10 games shortly before his breakthrough as a Test player in that summer’s Ashes series. He had made only 151 runs at 25.16 in his eight innings this season, though has been prolific in the Vitality Blast, scoring 294 runs in six innings to lead the club’s run charts.

He is currently self-isolating along with Michael Neser after the pair were identified as potential close contacts with team-mate Nick Selman, and he posted a video of them training with a tennis ball at home on Wednesday.

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