Labuschagne prepares for spin test


Australia Tour of Pakistan: Marnus Labuschagne prepares ’SPECIAL PITCH’ to counter Pakistan spinners – World No.1 ranked Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne has hit the ground running as he prepares for a battle against spin with Australia all set to tour Pakistan next month. The Aussies are set for their first tour to the Asian nation in more than two decades and will play three Test matches in testing conditions in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Lahore. With the subcontinent favouring spin over pace, the 27-year-old has already hit his stripes, preparing a makeshift pitch at home to prepare for the matchup. Follow Insidesport.in for all PAK vs AUS Live updates. 

Australia Tour of Pakistan: Marnus Labuschagne prepares ’SPECIAL PITCH’ at home to counter Pakistan spinners, watch him practice to play spin

Australian Test stalwart Marnus Labushagne has prepared a special surface in his backyard as the 27-year-old looks to face off against Pakistan in the three-match Test series starting next month. Labuschagne shared the same on social media, where the batter explained how the homemade pitch was helping him counter the threats posed by spin in the subcontinent.

The pitch made of a rubber mat smattered with sheets of taped-down aluminium and metal is to help re-create the spinning conditions to help him sharpen his skills. Labuschagne also shared the video of him batting in his backyard pitch, which earned some praise from Australian legend Shane Warne. Watch the video here:

Australia Tour of Pakistan: Marnus Labuschagne prepares ’SPECIAL PITCH’ at home to counter Pakistan spinners, watch him practice to play spin

Pakistan are likely to unleash a spin trio on their Australian opponents with Usman Qadir, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan all in contention to feature in the Test series. Labuschagne has never played in the subcontinent before, and the 27-year-old will have to be up to the mark if he has to make a mark in Pakistan.

He said, ” 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.”

Australia Tour of Pakistan: Marnus Labuschagne prepares ’SPECIAL PITCH’ at home to counter Pakistan spinners, watch him practice to play spin

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