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Peter Handscomb Hurting After Test Axing

AFP |September 18, 2018, 10:24 AM IST
Peter Handscomb Hurting After Test Axing

Test discard Peter Handscomb says he is hurting after being axed from Australia's squad to play Pakistan next month, but has heeded the message that he must score more runs.

The middle-order batsmen was sacrificed after form deserted him, with selectors opting instead for uncapped pair Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne.

Since making his Test debut against South Africa in late 2016, Handscomb has averaged a creditable 43.63.

But the 27-year-old paid the price for being dismissed in single figures nine times from his last 11 innings across all formats.

"It's obviously tough, getting dropped at any stage hurts," he told cricket.com.au Tuesday.

"I was backing myself to score runs in the subcontinent. I had a tough tour (this month) with Australia A in India, but I know I can do it and I've done it before both in India and Bangladesh."

Despite his self-belief, the part-time wicket-keeper understands why he has been dropped.

"It's the same old -- you've got to make runs to be playing for Australia and I haven't been putting numbers on the board that's needed to represent this country," he said.

Australia have selected five debutants for the two-Test series in the United Arab Emirates, with Michael Neser, Brendan Doggett and Aaron Finch joining Labuschagne and Head.

Veteran fast bowler Peter Siddle, 33, was also recalled after a near two-year hiatus, a decision that stunned ex-Australian quick Stuart Clark who said Victoria's Chris Tremain should have got the nod instead.

"I spat my cornflakes out when I read it," he told reporters.

"I've read we have gone with character over ability and all this stuff. Well, what's wrong with Tremain's character? He seems fine to me."

The first Test is in Dubai from October 7 with the second in Abu Dhabi from October 16.

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