Peter Handscomb
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Although he is aware it will be challenging to break into the “impressive” Australian Test team, in-form batsman Peter Handscomb says he is still trying to secure a spot for the India tour with his “weight of statistics.” 

The 31-year-old scored 562 runs at a strike rate of 93.66 in this summer’s Sheffield Shield, nearly four years after his previous red-ball cricket match. He scored two fifties last month against the West Indies for the Prime Minister’s XI. 

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All You Can Do As A Batter Is Force Your Way Through Weight Of Numbers: Peter Handscomb

When he captains a Cricket Australia XI against South Africa, beginning in Brisbane on Friday, Handscomb will try to advance his cause. 

“I’m thereabouts … so the conversations (with Test selectors) are promising,” Handscomb was quoted as saying by ‘The West Australian’. 

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“But you’ve also got to look at the Test squad as well and there are guys that are in front of me and there are batters doing pretty impressive things. I can score as many runs as I want but there still needs to be a spot at the next level, and at the moment they’re playing pretty good cricket.” 

Even though Travis Head will challenge Handscomb for a spot in the team for the India tour, the spinner is well renowned for his skill. This year, Head faced challenging trips of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 

“All you can do as a batter is force your way in through weight of numbers,” said Handscomb, who will join Melbourne Renegades for the upcoming BBL season. 

“I pick up the gloves just to make sure that they also know that I’m still available as a back-up ‘keeper, or can take them if need be.That’s also an important skill to have in your bag.”  

Peter Handscomb
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Early in February or March of next year, Australia will tour India for a four-test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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