• Patterson: Relaxing in middle made difference

    The uncapped Kurtis Patterson has credited New South Wales batting coach Beau Casson, after being added to Australia’s squad for this month’s Test series against Sri Lanka.

    Patterson struck consecutive centuries for the Cricket Australia XI against the touring Sri Lankans last week – and was consequently catapulted into the Test collective.

    ‘I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Beau. We’ve forged a really strong relationship and he’s absolutely fantastic for me,’ EPSNcricinfo quoted Patterson as saying.

    ‘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 25-year-old left-hander’s talents were also on display during November 2018’s Sheffield Shield century against Western Australia.

    ‘I think taking a step back and relaxing when I’m in the middle has made the difference. Probably in the last couple of years I’ve thought about it too much when I’ve got in and tried to change too many things,’ he added.

    ‘This year I’m just letting it happen. There’s been a couple of changes with my hands, getting my stance a little higher, but mainly it’s just been some mental changes around my thinking and developing some simple, sound routines when I bat.’

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