Peter Handscomb    Getty Images
Peter Handscomb Getty Images

Australia have already sealed the ongoing Ashes 2017-18 versus England, with two Tests left. With their pace trio Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood firing on all cylinders and batsmen standing tall in crucial junctures, they seem on the verge of extending their domination ahead of Boxing Day Test (December 26) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Peter Handscomb, who sat out during the Perth Test, stated that he is not at all worried about his slump in form, and feels awesome to be a part of the squad.

Handscomb s replacement, Mitchell Marsh, scored a maiden Test hundred (181) in his comeback, and added onto the pressure on Handscomb. Nonetheless, the right-hander has not given up hopes.

We’ll wait and see what happens with the squad. I hope so. I’ve got to wait and see what the selectors say, we’ve got a couple of training sessions before the Test as well, told Handscomb.

Handscomb faltered in the first two Ashes Test. He managed 62 runs in his three innings and his unorthodox batting technique came into the fore against English pacers. Handscomb seemed confident of turning the tides if given an opportunity.

I’m quite confident in my batting. I was seeing it quite well in Brisbane and unfortunately just missed a ball on the stumps, then in Adelaide I was batting in two difficult times at night and the ball was doing plenty there, said Handscomb.

It’s amazing what can come out when you have one bad Test – albeit in tough conditions

“I’m not too worried about my technique or anything. It’s amazing what can come out when you have one bad Test – albeit in tough conditions. I’m not worried about my game. I know I can play well and I know how tough Test cricket is, asserted Handscomb.

Note: Handscomb lost 4.5 kgs under scorching heat in the second and final Test versus Bangladesh at Chittagong (September 2017).

It sucks sitting on the sidelines but it’s still awesome to be a part of the squad

I can’t bowl, Mitch (Mitchell Marsh) can bowl and on a Perth wicket it can be a long fielding innings. We won the Test and the Ashes, so no issues there. You can always understand it. It sucks sitting on the sidelines but it’s still awesome to be a part of the squad, concluded Handscomb.