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Sport Peter Handscomb 'confident' of Test selection for tour of South Africa

05:20  13 january  2018
05:20  13 january  2018 Source:   theage.com.au

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South Africa tour of Sri Lanka. Handscomb bagged the fruits of the revamp with a Test cap and capped it off with a half-century and the winning shot to stamp his presence on the big stage. Handscomb also plays for the Melbourne Stars in the Australian franchise-based Big Bash League.

Peter Handscomb working hard to pass the test on Australia A tour of India. ALREADY five months without a competitive hit, Test batsman Peter Handscomb isn’t letting the frustration of a week of washouts in India upset his plans to make big runs for Australia A.

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Peter Handscomb insists he is "confident" of being selected for Australia's tour of South Africa next month and will use cricket's bite-sized format to reinforce his technique is strong.

Handscomb was dropped after the second Ashes Test in Adelaide for all-rounder Mitch Marsh but remained with the squad. While he was also a part of Australia's recent one-day international sides, he was overlooked for the five-match series against England, beginning at the MCG on Sunday.

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Peter Stephen Patrick Handscomb (born 26 April 1991) is an Australian cricketer contracted domestically to Victoria and the Melbourne Stars. Handscomb is in the current squad for both the Test and One Day Internationals for Australia. He is a middle order batsman and occasional wicket-keeper.

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He will use the remainder of the BBL season with the Melbourne Stars to continue to prove he does not have any technical issues, for his homespun style, where he bats deep in his crease, was questioned after England spearheads Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad tested him through Brisbane and under lights in Adelaide.

Handscomb found form against the Melbourne Renegades on Friday night, supplying 41 off 37 balls when moved into an opening role. He shared in a 110-run stand with Kevin Pietersen which proved to be a match-winning stand.

The national selectors will later this month confirm what is expected to be a 15-man squad for four Tests in South Africa, with Handscomb – who also keeps wicket for the Stars – firmly in the mix to go as a reserve batsman.

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Adelaide Oval. Series. South Africa tour of Australia 2016/17. Toss. South Africa , elected to bat first. 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 67 balls (UT Khawaja 29, PSP Handscomb 21, Ex 0). Over 79.1: Review by South Africa (Bowling), Umpire - RA Kettleborough, Batsman - PSP Handscomb (Struck down).

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"I am still confident for South Africa but, obviously, that's completely up to the selectors. Communications have been good, it's been nice to stay around the group and, obviously, celebrate that Ashes win, too," he said.

Peter Handscomb insists he is © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Peter Handscomb insists he is "confident" of being selected for Australia's tour of South Africa. Handscomb, averaging 47.35 in 12 Tests, said he was more than content with his technique.

"I haven't changed a thing. I have made runs now for three years with this technique. I think it came under scrutiny because it was under lights, pink ball in Adelaide against two of the best bowlers in the world, who have ever played Test cricket. To play and miss was probably fair enough," he said.

"I am not worried. It was nice to get out there on a good wicket and make some runs and show my technique is fine and I can still make runs."

He will hope those runs continue when the Stars host the Sydney Sixers on Tuesday night.

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The Stars finally tasted their first win in six matches this campaign and will need to win their remaining four, and rely on other results, to have what seems an unlikely chance of making the semi-finals.

"It's good to get on the board – theoretically we can still make the semi-finals. So watch out, the Stars can be there," Handscomb said.

"There is no reason why not. A few years ago we had to win five in a row to make the semis. We have to do it this time as well. Cricket is a funny game, you never know."

Peter Handscomb was in good form for the Stars in their first win of the season, against the Renegades. © AAP Peter Handscomb was in good form for the Stars in their first win of the season, against the Renegades. Handscomb replaced Luke Wright at the top of the order, with the Englishman battling a bruised lung after falling in his bathroom. Handscomb said he enjoyed opening the batting.

"I would love to stay as opener but it's what the team needs. Obviously, Lukey has done an amazing job now for six years at the top so I dare say he will come back in and slot straight there," he said.

Young fast bowler Jackson Coleman (3-27) and leg-spinner Daniel Fallins (0-19) provided a burst of energy the Stars needed but the form of opener Ben Dunk has become a major issue.

He was dismissed for his second duck of the tournament and has only 59 runs at 9.8, with 47 coming in the first derby.

"He came off a good hit a couple of days ago. A nice little 47. He is fine. If he can win us or get us into a good position for three or four out of 10 games, then he has done his job," Handscomb said.

"He has done it once ... hopefully, with four games left, he does it two or three more times."

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