Peter Handscomb
Peter Handscomb (AFP Photo)

After yet another failure with the bat, Australia batsman Peter Handscomb has come under heavy criticism from spin legend Shane Warne who has reckons his technique not suitable to play international cricket.

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During a hostile phase of bowling display from India quicks, Handscomb misread a half-volley from Ishant Sharma to be pinned in front for 13.

Since returning to the Australia Test squad, the middle-order batsman’s score read 34,14, 7 and 13.

Warne said he should be replaced in the playing XI by allrounder Marcus Stoinis if fit otherwise Mitchell Marsh is his second choice.

“I would love to be positive about Handscomb,” Warne posted on his Twitter handle on Sunday after Handscomb’s dismissal. “But enough now, it’s not fair on Peter to keep picking him – it’s a lamb to the slaughter. I’ve said it so many times now, but you cannot play international cricket with a technique like that. Stoinis in if fit if not then M Marsh !” Warne wrote on Sunday.

After bowling out India for 283 earlier in the morning to take 43-run lead. They finished the day at 132/4, extending the lead to 175 runs with two more days remaining in the second Test at Perth’s Optus Stadium.

Another Australia legend Allan Border echoed Warne’s views saying the 27-year-old’s current methodology to bat deep in the crease won’t allow him to succeed.

“When we first saw Pete Handscomb he played very, very well, a couple years back. Particularly in Australian conditions, let alone he was struggling away from home,” Border told Fox Cricket. “It just doesn’t feel that he can be successful with that method of being deep in your crease.”