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How Handscomb changed approach in SCG Test

Peter Handscomb normally skips down the wicket while facing spinners but changed his approach mid-innings during the fourth Test against India.

How Handscomb changed approach in SCG Test

Peter Handscomb normally skips down the wicket while facing spinners but changed his approach mid-innings during the fourth Test against India.

PETER HANDSCOMB of Australia bats during the second match in the Test series between Australia and India at Perth Stadium in Perth, Australia.
PETER HANDSCOMB of Australia bats during the second match in the Test series between Australia and India at Perth Stadium in Perth, Australia. Picture:Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Peter Handscomb is no guarantee to stick with the changed approach at the crease he brought with him to the SCG Test as he continues to refine his technique.

Handscomb was out for 37 on Sunday as Australia fell to be dismissed for 300, the Victorian right-hander playing onto a ball from Jasprit Bumrah.


The 27-year-old was nowhere near as deep in his crease in Sydney as he had been in his previous Test in Perth last month, where he was pinned lbw to Ishant Sharma and made to look like a walking wicket.

Since then he has been dropped and recalled, having spent the majority of the time in between working with coach Justin Langer and Graeme Hick in the nets.

But he said much of his changes were still an ongoing project, despite looking relatively comfortable in Sydney.

"It's something I have been working with JL and Hicky, trying to access my front foot a bit more," Handscomb said.

"With the reverse swing I need to be able to move both forward and back well. It's just a couple of things we've tried.

"It felt pretty good this game, but it's a working progress, but it's still a work in progress but whether I continue to do that or not we'll wait and see with some more practice."

Handscomb has shown this week he is not afraid to change his game on the run.

Still yet to be dismissed by a spinner in a home Test, he changed his tact against Ravindra Jadeja mid-innings and played him more from the crease after having been troubled coming down to the left-arm spinner early on.

But he said he'd continue eying his general starting position in the crease while working with Langer and Hick.

"I need to look to improve and look to score runs and stay out there," he said.

"This is something we have come up with and hopefully it can work. And if it doesn't we'll try something else."

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