Tim Paine Credits Marnus Labuschagne For Helping To Improve His Batting
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I Have Discovered Just How Good He Is As A Batting Coach: Tim Paine On Marnus Labuschagne

Marnus Labuschagne, Australia, India
Marnus Labuschagne and Tim Paine [Photo-CA]

Australia Test captain Tim Paine crafted a highly valuable knock in the first innings of the opening Test against India in Adelaide. Tim Paine scored a fighting and unbeaten half-century to get Australia closer to India’s first innings total as wickets kept falling around him. The keeper-batsman has credited Australia’s number three, Marnus Labuschagne, for helping him partially to improve his batting.

Tim Paine managed a gritty 73 not out that reduced Australia’s trail by India’s score to 53 after the visitors bowled them out for 191 in response to 244. It considerably held the hosts, who skittled Virat Kohli’s men for 36 in the second innings to set themselves a target of only 90. Joe Burns’ half-century and his opening stand of 70 with Matthew Wade helped them chase it successfully with eight wickets to spare.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Credits: Twitter)

Tim Paine revealed that a few tweaks with regards to where he held the bat and where his hands were, changed things for him. The 36-year old underlined that he did it only three or four days before the game and the first time he did it was against South Australia and managed a hundred. Since there were too many centuries in his career, he felt pumped.

“I changed where I was holding the bat — where my hands were in the set-up — and (a) few other little things. I only decided to do it three or four days before the game so I had to get used to it. The first time I did it was the South Australian game and I got a hundred. There haven’t been too many of them in my career, so I was pumped,” Paine said as quoted by The Australian.

He is obviously a batting tragic: Tim Paine

Tim Paine, Justin Langer
Tim Paine [Photo-Twitter]
Tim Paine hailed Marnus Labuschagne not only as an outstanding batsman but also a terrific coach, spending a lot of time mentoring kids at his club in Brisbane. Paine reflected that Marnus was excellent at explaining why certain things will and will not work.

“In the past 18 months, we learned how good Marnus Labuschagne is as a batsman and in recent months, I have discovered just how good he is as a batting coach. He is obviously a batting tragic, but he also spends a lot of time coaching kids at his club in Brisbane and I noticed last year he was always good at explaining why he was doing something or why something would work,” he added.

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