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Australia batsman Peter Handscomb is confident that he will retain his spot in the Test side for the four-Test series in South Africa in March.
Handscomb featured in the first two Ashes Tests against England, but only scored 62 runs at an average of 20.66.
With the 26-year-old failing to have much of an impact, he was dropped for the remainder of the series in favour of Mitchell Marsh, who took full advantage of the opportunity as he scored 320 runs in the three Tests he played, which included two centuries, at an average of 106.66.
While Marsh no doubt went above and beyond what was expected of him, Handscomb reiterated he is optimistic that he will be included in the squad for the South Africa tour.
“I am still confident for South Africa but, obviously, that’s completely up to the selectors,” he was quoted as saying by The Canberra Times. “Communications have been good, it’s been nice to stay around the group and, obviously, celebrate that Ashes win, too.”
Even though he struggled to score runs against England, Handscomb still maintains a batting average of 47.35 in the longest format. As a result, the Melbourne native doesn’t think he needs to make any adjustments to his technique.
“I haven’t changed a thing,” he said. “I have made runs now for three years with this technique. I think it came under scrutiny because it was under lights, pink ball in Adelaide against two of the best bowlers in the world, who have ever played Test cricket. To play and miss was probably fair enough.”
Handscomb will now continue playing for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL) as he was not included in Australia’s squad for the five-match ODI series against England, which begins on January 14 in Melbourne.