Peter Handscomb, who aggregated 68 runs in four innings at Adelaide and Perth before he made way for Mitchell Marsh, being dropped in favour of Marsh, said that the team’s balance was more important. @ AFP
Peter Handscomb, who aggregated 68 runs in four innings at Adelaide and Perth before he made way for Mitchell Marsh, being dropped in favour of Marsh, said that the team’s balance was more important. @ AFP

Peter Handscomb has not let the recent axing from the Australia squad affect his mentality. On the contrary, the 27-year-old batsman smashed his way to a match-winning 70 off 35 for the Melbourne Stars in a Big Bash League 2018-19 match against Sydney Sixers.

“To come back in the side off the back of one T20 hit is a tough call, but I’ll put my hand up and work my arse off in the nets and hopefully something comes of it,” Handscomb said.

Handscomb, who aggregated 68 runs in four innings at Adelaide and Perth before he made way for Mitchell Marsh, said that the team’s balance was more important.

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“Team balance was a big thing for the squad and we’ve seen we really needed Mitch Marsh to bowl those overs. So, it was an important change and that’s perfectly fine,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough call on their (the selectors) behalf,” he said. “Mitch Marsh is probably going to have to play if it (the SCG pitch) is flat and spinning, we’re going to need another bowler. And the other batters are batting really well.”

In his quest to make a comeback, Handscomb said that he’s working closely with Australia coach Justin Langer and batting coach Graeme Hick. He has scored only one fifty in 15 innings since the 72 he made in Ranchi in 2017.

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“I’ve gone about trying to tinker with a couple of things, working with ‘JL’ (Justin Langer), working with ‘Hickey’ (batting coach Graeme Hick), having some good conversations about what we think needs to be done to score runs,” he said.

As far as the talk going about his technique, Handscomb reckoned that he’s sick and tired of the abuse. “It’s the same old conversation that has been happening with my technique for however many years now. I’m sort of sick of talking about it,” he said.