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The trait that makes Marnus different to other young leg-spinners according to Paine

Australian captain Tim Paine has heaped praise on Marnus Labuschagne and other key players in his side’s 185-run victory at Old Trafford to retain the Ashes.

After the heartbreaking defeat at Headingley, Paine became the first to skipper Australia to retain the Ashes in a series away from home since 2001.

And once again the Aussies’ nerve was tested, but this time they were up to the task.

However, in a crucial call as the visitors looked to end Jack Leach and Craig Overton’s stubborn resistance, Paine threw the ball to Marnus Labuschagne late on Day 5.

The part-time leg-spinner jagged the all-important breakthrough, getting a ball to bounce and turn sharply out of the rough to ricochet off Leach’s glove for a Matthew Wade catch in close that brought Australia within a wicket of a historic win.

In his post-match press conference, Paine detailed why the Aussies have always rated Labuschagne’s bowling since he first made his Test debut in the UAE last year, as well as the trait that helps him in pressure situations.

The 25-year-old had starred with the bat but also the ball for Glamorgan in the County Championship earlier this year, with 19 wickets at 38.