A double ton from young Australian batsman Peter Handscombe for Victoria against New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield may have secured him a Test call up.
Handscombe has been earmarked as a player for the future and has represented his country at under-19 level as well a featuring for Australia A.
The right-hander scored his ninth first class century before converting it into a timely double-hundred with the Baggy Green desperately searching for a quality batsman to shore up their fragile middle order against the Proteas in Adelaide.
The Sheffield Shield has generated a lot of interest this week with national team coach Darren Lehmann declaring as many as seven changes could be made.
Usman Khawaja scored a century yesterday to all but secure his place but the likelihood is that Joe Burns, Adam Voges, Callum Ferguson and Peter Nevill will be dropped while Nathan Lyon and Joe Mennie’s places are also less than secure.
Victoria’s Travis Dean made a strong claim to Joe Burns slot as an opener but faces some stiff competition as Matt Renshaw of Queensland also brought up three figures.
Kurtis Patterson has been touted as a future Baggy Green cap wearer and could open the batting, he is currently unbeaten on 28 overnight against Victoria along with Daniel Hughes (48 not out) after David Warner and Steve Smith failed.
Warner and Smith are not under any real pressure to perform in this round of Shield games but Peter Nevill will be scrutinised when he comes out to bat for New South Wales especially given that three State wicketkeepers have scored fifties in this round.
Part-time wicketkeeper Alex Doolan pushed his case for a recall with a double hundred against Western Australia in Perth.
Doolan made 89 on his Test debut against South Africa in 2014 but would only feature in four Tests for Australia before falling out of favour.
The 30-year-old is unbeaten overnight on 202 at the WACA and has helped Tasmania to a big first innings lead after the hosts were bowled out for 262 yesterday in an innings that saw Voges sustain a concussion and Test hopeful Cameron Bancroft disappoint.
Jason Behrendorff has taken 3 for 73 for WA but will have to do more to unseat Joe Mennie while elsewhere Adam Zampa has pressed his claims for a call with four wickets against Queensland.
Nathan Lyon went wicketless in his 39 overs while state teammate Steve O’Keefe managed one wicket in his 37.
South Australia’s batsmen were less than impressive against Queensland with Callum Ferguson and Jake Lehmann failing to get into double figures while Travis head got a start before being bowled by lanky seamer Peter George.
At the halfway mark of a Sheffield shield round that is shaping up as a ntional trial Handscombe seems best place to earn a call up but there is still plenty of cricket to be played.
Marnus on day one, Mitchell on day two.
No Joe Root in England’s T20 squad for South Africa…
Somerset “disappointed” but won’t launch appeal.
All the evidence points to yes.
This might be the best reason tbh.
Bob Willis’ second best day at Headingley was also quite good.
Why do England hate Ben Foakes?
The Hundred heading to HQ for men’s Finals Day.