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Captaincy calling for Peter Handscomb

Handscomb might replace Cameroon White as the captain of Victoria

Peter Handscomb of Australia
Peter Handscomb of Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Australian batsman Peter Handscomb has been favored to take a leadership role with domestic club Victoria Bushrangers. Hadscomb is also speculated to be in a similar position with the national side in future. One-day batsman Aaron Finch has also anointed the Test star dubbing him as the perfect fit as Victoria’s next skipper.

Handscomb is now the same age as Steven Smith when he was handed over the captaincy reigns at 26. Handscomb has also stood in as captain of Victoria six times in the Shield and domestic one-day cup over the past two seasons. Also, with Bushrangers skipper Matthew Wade returning home to Tasmania next summer and Cameron White declaring March’s Sheffield Shield final triumph would be his final match as captain, Handscomb appears the standout candidate to take the reins.

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Cameroon White, who is the most successful captain in Sheffield Shield history, holds a record of 38 wins from 76 matches, with a win percentage of 50. White even went on to endorse Handscomb following the Bushrangers’ third-straight Shield title in March.

According to Cricket.com.au, White was quoted as saying, “”I think that’s my time done with the captaincy. It’s been a great honour to do it again this year and to cap it off with a Shield (title). I think it’s time for someone else to do it.”

“I can always help out as well while I’m still around. There’s a lot of guys who can do the captaincy. Peter Handscomb is probably the number one cab off the rank I’d assume. I haven’t spoken to Pete about it and that’ll be up to (coach) Andrew McDonald and the Cricket Victoria board, but he would be the obvious choice.”

Handscomb is currently playing in the UK, carving out an excellent summer for Yorkshire, as he builds his confidence against English bowlers ahead of the Ashes in Australia this summer.

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