Australian wicketkeeper-batter Peter Handscomb has been named in Australia’s Test squad for the four-match away Test series against India, which starts on February 9. However, the right-handed batsman is now doubtful for his first Test tour in four years after sustaining a hip injury.
The Australian middle-order batsman was injured while trying to play a pull shot at the Cricket Club in Victoria earlier this week. Handscomb didn’t feel the pain immediately and continued to bat, but he left the field injured three balls later after collapsing in pain after another pull shot.
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Handscomb was rushed off the field and had to seek medical attention; scans revealed a soft tissue injury to his right hip.
“Scans have since confirmed soft-tissue damage in his right hip,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
“Officials are confident Handscomb will be fit to leave with the Australian team later this month for the Qantas tour of India,” it added.
Peter Handscomb Deserves His Place Back In The Squad – George Bailey
Former Australian captain and national selector George Bailey said that Handscomb deserves his place in the squad as he has been one of the best performers in domestic cricket.
“He deserves his place back in the squad,” national selector George Bailey stated as per an official Cricket Australia release.
“His domestic form has been strong recently and Pete has proven he can perform at the Test level. His experience against spin on the subcontinent is valuable and he is also an exceptionally good close-to-the-wicket catcher,” he added.
The 31-year-old, who has experience playing in Indian conditions, was selected as a backup batsman in the team for the India series. He will hope to regain his place in the red-ball squad by putting in consistent performances on the upcoming India tour.
The Aussies last played Test cricket in India in February 2017 and beat the hosts by 333 runs in the first Test in Pune, but lost the series 2-1. Australia have already played five Tests in the subcontinent in their ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. Under Pat Cummins’ captaincy, Australia won the Test series in Pakistan 1–0 and managed a 1–1 draw with Sri Lanka.
Australia Test Squad For Tour Of India
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner.