Wicketkeeper batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/wayne-parnell/">Peter Handscomb</a> was left disappointed at his exclusion from <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia">Australia</a> s squad for the two-Test series against Pakistan. Since scoring a century against South Australia way back in February, the 27-year-old has undergone a string of low scores, most recent being the series against India A. In In the two List A games against India A and India B, Handscomb scored 4 runs and managed scores of 0, 8, 8 and 56 in the two First-Class games matches against India A earlier this month. <p></p> <p></p>Disappointment aside, Handscomb admits that he hasn t scored enough runs to prevent being dropped. <p></p> <p></p>"It's the same old - you've got make runs to be playing for Australia and I haven't been putting numbers on the board that's needed to represent this country," he told <em>cricket.com.au</em>. <p></p> <p></p>"It's obviously tough, getting dropped at any stage hurts and it's happened a couple of times over the last few months for myself. It's not something I'm trying to make a habit of. It's always pretty tough news. <p></p> <p></p>"I was backing myself to score runs in the subcontinent. I had a tough tour (this month) with Australia A in India, but I know I can do it and I've done it before both in India and Bangladesh. I was hoping to get the chance in the UAE, but unfortunately it didn't come through." <p></p> <p></p>Handscomb made his Test debut against South Africa in November 2016. He scored 344 runs in the series against Pakistan averaging over 114 with two centuries and a fifty. During the Border-Gavaskar trophy last year, as the entire Australia team was troubled by Indian spinners, Handscomb played couple of gutsy knocks. But his runs have dried up lately and the 27-year-old has even had his technique questioned by many, including former Australia captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Ricky-Ponting">Ricky Ponting</a>. <p></p> <p></p>"It hurt a little bit, especially (given) 12 months earlier I was making runs with the exact same technique and there weren't any issues then," Handscomb said. <p></p> <p></p>"It was a bit of a shame to have all these comments come out saying it was my technique that was the problem. Maybe it was a contributing factor, but I just wasn't putting runs on the board. <p></p> <p></p>However, despite the criticism, Handscomb is confident of his abilities and has backed himself to make a statement strong enough to come back into the side. Australia are scheduled to host India for four Tests starting December and with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/">Steve Smith</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/">David Warner</a> out serving bans, Handscomb will have his eyes set on the possibility of a middle-order berth. <p></p> <p></p>"I've got to make sure I keep my strengths going; I can tinker with a couple of things, but (don't) go away too far from what I know," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"I feel good in the nets, I just need to convert it out in the middle. It's more mental than anything. I know my game is good enough, I've just got to back myself and stick to my strengths."