Handscomb looks to fine tune technique in bid for Test recall
Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb hopes to earn himself a recall to the Test squad with a strong performance for Australia A in India.
Handscomb has enlisted the help of former Test opener Chris Rogers to help him tweak his technique which has come under fire.
The batsman doesn’t feel that he will need to completely overhaul his technique.
Handscomb told cricket.com.au: “I found it quite funny that when I first came in and I was making runs with my technique, everyone said it was a bit different, but they were happy to go with it.
“It was funny how it all changed when, all of a sudden, I wasn’t making runs and the reason was my technique.”
Handscomb is open to constructive criticism though, and said that he was eager to work on getting forward more often.
“I’ve definitely taken some of that stuff (criticism) on board,” he said.
“I’m doing a lot of work with Chris Rogers, just to tinker with a few things and really get my straight drive and my cover drive back, so I can attack the bowler again rather than just waiting for them to come to me.
“I lost that ability to get forward when I needed to and really put that pressure back on the bowler.
“They just kept coming fuller and fuller and I didn’t really have those answers because I probably got too stubborn in my ways and wanted to prove I could play off the back foot more than I needed to.
“When I first came in (to Test cricket) I was still driving well and still shifting my weight both forward and back well. Over a year, year and a half, I went a little too far back.
“Guys are obviously going to target my pads and they’re going to target my stumps. So I need to be able find a way to be able to score off those balls.
“Hopefully this is a way and I can go out and prove that I’m still a good player, and I’m still a good Test player.”
Australia A Tour of India
Australia A one-day squad: Travis Head (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Matthew Renshaw, Jhye Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain, Jack Wildermuth
One-day fixtures in Vijayawada
17 August v India A
19 August v South Africa A
21 August v India B
23 August v India A
25 August v South Africa A
27 August v India B
29 August – Quad-Series Final
Australia A four-day squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Tremain
Four-day fixtures in Vizag
2-5 September v India A
8-11 September v India A
Rohit Sharma praises Mumbai Indians efforts to ease mental strain of bubble
All the Indian Premier League squads will have to stay inside their respective bio-bubbles for the six weeks of the tournament.
Smith to join up with Rajasthan Royals despite concussion
Cricket Australia do not want Steve Smith back on the field before he has properly cleared all their concussion protocols.
Kimmince thrilled that Australia Women are blazing a trail again
Australia will face New Zealand in three T20Is and three ODIs at Allan Border Field in Brisbane.
Yorkshire suffer another Lancashire defeat despite impressive Joe Root display
Lancashire booked their place in the Vitality Blast knockout stages.
Heather Knight calls on ICC to get women’s cricket back on around the world
England will take the field for the first time since March’s T20 World Cup on Monday.
Chris Silverwood eager for a winter of cricket after unexpected busy summer
England coach is eyeing a full programme.
Wicket milestones, Crawley’s heroics and collapses – England’s summer of cricket
After two-and-a-half months, 18 matches and six series across all formats the ride is over for the men’s team
England’s winners and losers from an exciting summer of cricket
The West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and Australia have all joined England in their ‘bio-secure’ bubble.
Chris Morris will bring balance to the force that is RCB says Gambhir
Chris Morris joins the Royal Challengers Bangalore after a multi-season stint with the Delhi Capitals.