Labuschagne, who made his Test debut against Pakistan last year, has four first-class centuries after playing 50 games. @ AFP

Glamorgan have signed Marnus Labuschagne as their overseas player for the first half of the season as cover for Shaun Marsh, who will be busy with national duties. Labuschagne, who has scored 81 runs in five Tests and has pocketed nine wickets, will be available for the entire Royal London One-Day Cup campaign and the first half of the County Championship.

“We’ve made it a priority to bring in overseas cover for Shaun Marsh, and to get a player of Marnus’s quality for the first half of the season is a great boost to the squad,” Director of cricket, Mark Wallace, said on Monday. (ALSO READ: Mohammad Amir set to return to English county side Essex)

“He’s a young, talented, driven cricketer who has shown his quality in both domestic and international cricket and is exactly the type of character we want in the dressing room.

“He’s also a multi-dimensional player who can bat at the top of the order, take important wickets with his leg-spin and lead in the field.”

Labuschagne, who made his Test debut against Pakistan last year, has four first-class centuries after playing 50 games. “I’ve always wanted to play county cricket and test myself in different conditions and a new environment, so I’m delighted to sign for Glamorgan,” said Labuschagne. (ALSO READ: Jason Roy out of action by self-inflicted injury in T20 Blast)

“I understand it was a difficult season last year for the club, but hopefully I can hit the ground running and put in some good performances to get us off to a winning start.

“I also can’t wait to experience Cardiff and Wales as a place to live. Everyone has told me how wonderful the city is and how friendly and welcoming the people are, so I’m really excited to get there, get started and contribute to the club.”