Handscomb hoping to take inspiration from India experience

Handscomb aims to emulate Ranchi template
Peter Handscomb has made an impressive start to his Test career // Getty

Australia cricket team led by Steve Smith are currently in Bangladesh for a two-match Test series. Ahead of the series Australia’s young batsman Peter Handscomb who played a match-saving unbeaten 72 against India during their tour of India earlier this year, is hoping to take inspiration from his experience in India. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ভারতের অভিজ্ঞতা কাজে লাগাতে চান হ্যান্ডসকম]

Peter Handscomb acknowledged his match-saving innings against India in Ranchi will act as a confidence booster ahead of the two-match Test series against Bangladesh. In that Test, the visitors went into the final day trailing India by 152 with eight wickets in hand before fighting their way to a draw.

Thirty minutes before lunch, Handscomb joined Shaun Marsh when India were flying high and five hours later, Handscomb was still there with an unbeaten 72. The Test was drawn, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy bout remained locked at 1-1.

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Handscomb along with Marsh batted with commendable calm and applied good technique as they thwarted India in a manner that should have given enormous satisfaction to the tourists.

“Obviously for me it was quite an important innings but also for the team,” said Handscomb, who failed to reach double-digits just once in the four Tests against India but finished with just one half-century in the 1-2 series defeat.

The young batsman also said he was not too worried due to dearth of experience playing in the subcontinent as he feel it will give them opportunity of playing with an open mind.

“We don’t have the experience in the sub-continent as much as the other players. Renshaw and myself were quite lucky to play in India, which will put us in good stead for these two Test matches,” he pointed out.

He further added, “I actually don’t think it is a bad thing as well, going in to the sub-continent with an open mind. I think if you haven’t played too many games in the sub-continent, you are not too worried about what the ball might do. You can play with a bit more freedom, rather than going in with the expectations that the ball will do everything.”

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com @sajid_nazmus