Watch - Marnus Labuschagne Devises Unique Homemade Preparation Idea To Tackle Pakistan Spinners

Updated - 17 Feb 2022, 06:50 PM

Marnus Labuschagne's unique prep for Pakistan tour. Photo- Twitter(1)
Marnus Labuschagne's unique prep for Pakistan tour. Photo- Twitter(1)

Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne, who is also the no.1 ranked Test batter, has devised a unique homemade contraption in order to tackle the spin threat on the upcoming tour of Pakistan. The upcoming Pakistan tour is a historic one, given that it will be for the first time after 24 years Australia will visit the Asian giants’ home.

Due to the unrest in the country, Australia has played Pakistan in UAE and Sharjah since their last visit to the country in 1998 under Mark Taylor’s captaincy.  Now Pat Cummins will lead the Australia team for a series of three Tests, while Aaron Finch will captain the side in three ODIs and a single T20I match, in the series which begins on March 4- April 5.

Marnus Labuschagne on Thursday took to his Twitter handle and shared a couple of videos in which he explained how he is preparing to tackle spin on the spin-friendly wicket and then he shared the video of his preparation ahead of the Australia-Pakistan Test series.

Marnus Labuschagne and Justin Langer
Marnus Labuschagne and Justin Langer, Credits: Twitter

Marnus Labuschagne Recreates Spinning Conditions Of Pakistan In His Home

Run-machine Marnus Labuschagne has revealed his quirky special home-training methods to counter spin on the sub-continent. Ahead of next month’s historic tour of Pakistan, the world’s No.1 Test batter posted a video to Twitter on Thursday showcasing his preparation for combating the turning ball.

The 27-year-old in a video explained how batting on his patio using a rubber mat smattered with sheets of taped-down aluminum and metal as the pitch, is helping sharpen his skills for the challenge ahead.

Marnus Labuschagne's unique prep for Pakistan tour. Photo- Twitter(1)
Marnus Labuschagne’s unique prep for Pakistan tour. Photo- Twitter(1)

“In the sub-continent one of the big factors that everyone sees is the ball spinning big and then also sliding on big. You always see the replays of all the straight balls getting wickets, but people don’t watch the balls in between that are spinning big.

The idea is the ball will skid on if it hits the metal fabric or the tape side. And then if it hits in between in the rubber, it’s going to spin. From a batter’s perspective, I’m trying to set up here and work on how I’m going to play in these conditions – play for the inside for the slide, picking up the length, looking for balls to score off,” Labuschagne explains in the video.

Here is the video:

Australia vs Pakistan schedule:
March 4-8: First Test, Rawalpindi
March 12-16: Second Test, Karachi
March 21-25: Third Test, Lahore

March 29: First ODI, Rawalpindi
March 31: Second ODI, Rawalpindi
April 2: Third ODI, Rawalpindi

April 5: Only T20, Rawalpindi

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