Recalled Peter Handscomb targets Victoria role reprisal in India ODIs
In between the second and fourth Tests, Peter Handscomb hit 70 from 35 balls in the BBL. © Getty

Peter Handscomb is hopeful of channeling his role performed during a title-winning run in this season’s domestic one-day trophy in the upcoming ODIs against India next week, after being recalled  to Australia‘s revamped ODI squad.

Handscomb captained Victoria to the JLT One-Day cup title in October, in the process scoring 361 runs in seven innings at an average of 51.57, with four half-centuries. He was named Player of the Match in the final against Queensland for scoring 49 off 45 balls and taking four catches behind the stumps while marshalling his players superbly in a 110-run win.

That approach was what he hopes to replicate during the ODIs versus India.

“It was a really, really good phone call and I’m excited to get out there and hopefully help the boys,” Handscomb said in a Facebook chat for cricket.com.au. “A little bit of a surprise but it was nice to know. That’s sort of the role I played for Victoria; coming in the middle order, control it, try and tick it over at a run a ball and just get the other batter on strike. Then hopefully leave a few wickets in the shed for some fireworks at the back end.”

The 27-year-old has not featured in an ODI since October 2017. His record stands at 149 runs from seven innings with a best of 82.

Handscomb, who played the Adelaide and Perth Tests before he was dropped for the MCG game after scores of 34, 14, 7 and 13 in the series, returned for the ongoing SCG Test. The decision did not sit well with Warne – who last month questioned the batsman’s technique – and Handscomb said that blocking out criticism was imperative.

“If I see the positive stuff then that’s always a good read but there’s a lot of negative stuff out there as well,” he said. “I try to stay clear of it if I can. There are papers in our dressing room, guys doing the crosswords, so every now and then you’re going to see a headline or something that annoys you but you just want to try and put that to the back of your head and focus on the job at hand.”

Australia face India for three ODIs on January 12, 15 and 18.