Cricket

Patterson credits NSW batting coach after Australia call up

2019-01-21 12:54
Kurtis Patterson
Kurtis Patterson (Supplied)

Cape Town - Kurtis Patterson has credited the fantastic work done by New South Wales batting coach Beau Casson for his call up to the Australia Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. 

Patterson was a late addition to Australia's squad after the batsman hit twin centuries in the three-day warm-up game playing for a Cricket Australia XI against the touring Asian side. 

Casson, who played one Test for Australia in 2008 against the West Indies as a left-arm spinner, was appointed New South Wales batting coach at the start of this season and has forged a close relationship with Paterson. 

The batsman has taken his game to another level in red-ball cricket under Casson's watch having hit three hundreds in his last five innings. 

In quotes published on ESPNCricinfo, Patterson said: "I've got to give a lot of credit to Beau Casson, we've forged a really strong relationship and he's absolutely fantastic for me. 

"I really enjoy the way he goes about his coaching, we get along really well on a personal level, which helps to start with, and I think he really understands batting and cricket. 

"He keeps it really simple which I think is what I've been lacking in previous years, going too far the other way. He's just a good coach who knows the right things to say." 

The Australia selectors seem to be throwing the dice trying to find their best batting line-up in Test cricket having already made whole changes to the squad after the series loss at home against India. 

Will Pucovski, who is just 20-years-old, was picked in the original squad while there were also recalls for Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns. 

The first of two Tests against Sri Lanka will be a day-night affair that starts in Brisbane on Thursday.

 

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