Saturday, March 25, 2023

Australia batsman Handscomb hopeful of incomes ticket for India tour

In-form batter Peter Handscomb is conscious it is going to be tough to discover a spot in an “impressive” Australian Take a look at squad however stated he’s nonetheless hoping to earn a spot for the India tour along with his “weight of numbers”.

The 31-year-old, who final performed red-ball cricket nearly 4 years again, amassed 562 runs at 93.66 on this summer season’s Sheffield Defend. He notched a pair of fifties for the Prime Minister’s XI towards West Indies final month.

Handscomb will look to push his case when he leads a Cricket Australia XI towards South Africa, beginning in Brisbane on Friday.

“I’m thereabouts so the conversations (with Test selectors) are promising,” Handscomb was quoted as saying by  The West Australian.

“But you’ve also got to look at the Test squad as well and there are guys that are in front of me and there are batters doing pretty impressive things.

“I can score as many runs as I want but there still needs to be a spot at the next level, and at the moment they’re playing pretty good cricket.”

Handscomb is thought for his capability to play spin however he’ll face competitors from Travis Head in terms of discovering a spot within the staff for the India tour.

Head had powerful excursions of Sri Lanka and Pakistan this yr.

“All you can do as a batter is force your way in through weight of numbers,” stated Handscomb, who will be part of Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming BBL season.

“I pick up the gloves just to make sure that they also know that I’m still available as a back-up ‘keeper, or can take them if need be.

“That’s also an important skill to have in your bag.” Australia will tour India for a four-Take a look at collection for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy early in February-March subsequent yr. 

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