Handscomb: You’ve got to make runs to be playing for Australia

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Peter Handscomb admits that being dropped from Australia’s Test squad for the next month’s games against Pakistan hit him hard but he understands the selectors’ decision.

The 27-year-old, who has played 13 Tests, but was left out for the tour to the UAE as the Australia selectors decided to go with Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne, who are both uncapped at Test level, in the squad.

Handscomb though says he has simply not scored enough runs to justify his place in the team.

The right-handed batsman has a decent Test average of just more than 43 but has been dismissed for a single-figure score nine times from his last 11 innings, including the recent Australia A tour to India.

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Handscom told Cricket Australia’s website: “It’s the same old – you’ve got to make runs to be playing for Australia and I haven’t been putting numbers on the board that’s needed to represent this country.

“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.

“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.”

The first Test between Pakistan and Australia starts on 7 October in Dubai.

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