Glamorgan is set to undergo some personnel changes just two months shy of the end of the county season. This is due to Marnus Labuschagne cutting his season short to go back home to Australia to spend time with his family. He will leave after this year’s T20 Blast’s group stages, and he will hope to relax before embarking on a packed summer schedule in Australia.
Labuschagne has had mixed fortunes this season, unlike his run in the 2019 season, where he made a whopping 1114 runs in ten Championship matches. This season, he has only 151 runs from eight innings in the Championship. However, he performed much better in the Vitality Blast, leading the club’s run charts with 294 runs in six innings.
This decision to leave may have been influenced by health and safety concerns. He is currently in self-isolation after being singled out as a potential close contact to team-mate Nick Selman who recently tested positive for Coronavirus. Michael Neser, his fellow team-mate, is also in the same predicament.
He will be replaced by Hamish Rutherford, who has signed a contract with Glamorgan to see them through to the conclusion of the season. The left-handed opening batsman will join Glamorgan just in time to participate in the Royal London Cup, seeing Glamorgan face Warwickshire. This match will be held on the 22nd July 2021 at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
Hamish also plays for the New Zealand cricket team and comes from a distinguished cricket lineage. His father, Ken Rutherford, is a former New Zealand Test Captain. He also has an Uncle, Ian Rutherford, who played for New Zealand in the 1970s and 80s. The 32-year-old has previously played for Worcestershire, Derbyshire, and Essex in England.
At home in New Zealand, he played for Otago, his hometown team, just like his uncle Ian before him. While at Otago, he was the leading run-scorer on two occasions. While playing in the 2018-2019 Ford Trophy, he garnered 303 runs from seven matches. He also shone in the 2018-2019 SuperSmash, managing 227 runs in nine matches.
Mark Wallace, Glamorgan’s director of cricket, while speaking to ESPNcricinfo, said: “Marnus leaving is obviously a loss, but to replace him with someone the calibre of Hamish is a massive bonus for the club.
“He has a proven track record of scoring runs in both first-class and List A cricket over here and is the right character to have in the dressing room for our younger players to learn from.”
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