Half-time wicketkeeper Peter Handscomb doesn’t have to look far for recommendation on how finest to show he is able to take the gloves at a World Cup.
Brad Haddin, who helped Handscomb take his glovework to a different degree in 2017, is on deck throughout Australia’s present tour of India as fielding coach and has been working carefully with the Victorian in latest days.
Selectors are at the moment weighing up how severely to think about the left-field choice that’s Handscomb holding forward of Alex Carey on the World Cup, which might be an unbelievable U-turn given the 15-man squad have to be submitted in roughly two months.
Handscomb, a shock choice as keeper forward of Carey in Australia’s tour-opening Twenty20 victory over India in Vizag, feels the concept might work supplied he is ready to present it doesn’t have an effect on his batting.
“I can maintain and all that, I simply want to verify I’m match sufficient and powerful sufficient,” he mentioned.
“That if we maintain first in a 50-over sport, I can nonetheless go on the market and bat at 4 or 5 and ensure I’m nonetheless operating exhausting between the wickets.
“In India with a bit of warmth and as much as the stumps much more on spinning wickets, it may be robust, nevertheless it’s one thing I’m wanting ahead to having a crack at.”
Australia and India meet in one other T20, which begins in Bangalore at 1230am AEDT on Thursday, earlier than beginning a five-match ODI sequence on Saturday.
Justin Langer’s group then journey to the UAE for an additional five-match ODI sequence, towards Pakistan.
Assessing Handscomb’s efficiency as a keeper-batsman in some unspecified time in the future in that stretch of 10 ODIs will depart selectors higher positioned to make a last name on whether or not the experiment is value persisting with.
Handscomb is relishing the counsel of Haddin, a three-time World Cup squad member who preformed the job of reserve keeper in Australia’s 2007 triumph.
“Hadds is nice. We truly did a bit of labor collectively a few years in the past that put me on the suitable path with my holding,” Handscomb mentioned.
“We simply discovered a bit of routine that I can do at coaching or earlier than a sport that simply will get me going, will get me able to maintain. Whether or not I’ve been coaching lots or I haven’t been.”
These masterclasses got here in 2017, when Handscomb saved in ODIs following Matthew Wade’s again harm in New Zealand then once more in India when the incumbent was dropped.
The second coming of Tim Paine and Carey’s fast rise had briefly stopped discussions about Handscomb taking over the additional duty.
Handscomb didn’t concede a single bye in what was his T20 debut however mucked up what ought to have been a regulation run out of MS Dhoni, who was reprieved on one and completed 29 not out.
“I went OK. Stopped a pair, stopped the necessary ones. That’s the primary factor,” he mentioned.