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[Watch] Marnus Labuschagne & Hasan Ali's Pigeon Flying Act Grabs Limelight In MCG Test

image-lqm089cfMarnus and Hasan weren't pleased with the pigeons at MCG (screengrab)

Untimely Melbourne rain wasn't the only cause of interruption to the proceedings on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Pakistan as the group of Pigeons present at the iconic ground also played their part in disrupting the players' focus and rhythm. 

In a hilarious incident, Australian batter Marnus Labuschagne and Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali were seen trying to push off the resolute birds, who seemed overly fond of the MCG outfield and weren't keen to move their ground until the two players came running in their direction. 

The incident took place at the resumption of play late on the opening afternoon after rains relented for a brief and allowed the match officials to get both the teams back on the park. 

As Labuschagne arrived near the playing square, he saw birds spread all over the bowler's run-up area and decided to help the Pakistanis by moving the pigeons off with his willow. 

Labuschagne, Hasan's Funny Antics With Pigeons 

Using his bat like a sword, Labuschagne threw it around in the air and scared the pigeons off the end where Pakistan were due to resume their bowling effort. 

Seconds later, the Australian No.3 was joined by the comeback Pakistan seamer, who instead used his hands to wave off the birds from the playing arena. 

The birds still refuted their gesture but the play was possible on resumption since they weren't in the danger spots or close to the pitch. The instance, however, was recorded and shared in an amusing clip by Australian broadcaster 'Channel 7'. 

Known for its great wildlife and sanctuaries, Australia has always had birds present at cricket grounds during matches, with multiple previous instances of them troubling the players and at times, sadly being hurt by the strokes played and throws made in the middle.