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Peter Handscomb confirms that keeping role is only a temporary one

Peter Handscomb of Australia
Peter Handscomb of Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Australia batsman Peter Handscomb has stated that wicketkeeping is only a secondary option for him to make it into the squad while adding that batting is his primary concern. Handscomb was handed the keeping gloves on the day after Matthew Wade had pulled up with a back injury. Handscomb deputized more than efficiently with the gloves and also is now one of the frontrunners to take over the role of being the keeper-batsman of the side.

“It’s an absolute honor to put the gloves on for Australia but first and foremost I’ve always been a batsman,” Handscomb said in Hamilton, where the Chappell-Hadlee trophy will be up for grabs on Sunday.

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The 25-year old went on to add that he had been a keeper in his junior cricketing days. “I was throughout junior cricket when I was keeping as well. Batting was always my number one, but going away for series and being the backup keeper, I’m very happy to do. It’s definitely a little bit of extra pressure, but if that’s what the team needs, I’m happy.”

Brad Haddin, the former Australian keeper who has been working quite closely with Handscomb also had a few interesting words to say about the youngster. “He’s got the right temperament to stop those collapses that we have,” Haddin said in Hamilton. “He doesn’t get flustered at the wicket, he seems to handle the big stage with ease … he got runs under pressure.”

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Handscomb concluded by speaking about the experience he had deputizing for Wade on the day. “I caught maybe 20 balls that morning when Wadey pulled out with about 10 minutes to go until the toss. It was a little bit tough,” he said.

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