GLAMORGAN have been boosted by prolific Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne signing for an extra season.

Labuschagne had initially signed a two-year deal for this season and next.

However, the 2020 campaign has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and even if some domestic cricket can be played then the 25-year-old will be unavailable because of international duty and travel restrictions.

"It was an easy decision to extend my contract for another year and commit to Glamorgan and Wales long term," said Labuschagne

"I was gutted not to be returning to Glamorgan for the 2020 season after I loved my first year here, so I'm delighted to be recommitting myself to the club for the next couple of years.

"I loved my first year at the club and the dressing-room environment and I'm looking forward to playing cricket with them again."

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Labuschagne scored 1,114 County Championship runs at an average of over 65 last season, including five centuries and five half-centuries.

His form earned him a place in the Australia Test squad for the Ashes and his chance came when Steve Smith was struck by a viscous Jofra Archer bouncer.

Labuschagne grasped his chance and scored 353 runs at an average of 50.42.

"It's a sign of Marnus' character that he had no hesitation in extending his deal, and that he's been keen to do so since we realised that he wouldn't be able to come over and play for us in 2020," said director of cricket Mark Wallace.

"He's committed to what we are trying to achieve here at the club, and it's a sign that we are heading in the right direction when one of the best players in world cricket is committed to returning to and staying with your club.

"Marnus loves the game of cricket and his enthusiasm is infectious, and he brings an incredible energy to the team that lifts others around him.

"The coaching staff love him, and we are looking forward to having him around in 2021 and 2022 and beyond."