After a year full of hiccups for the Australian cricket team, they are now looking forward to a new challenge. The most upcoming challenge for them is the tour to India for a four-match test series which is scheduled in late February.
Current Australian squad is looking new and refreshing with a bunch of fresh faces and that might help them to turn around the team’s fortunes. One of the youngsters has been middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb, who had a commendable start to his career with 2 fifties and a century in his first 3 Tests and he is now all set to visit the subcontinent for his country.
Taking to cricket.co.au, said, “I’ve been doing a fair bit of work trying to emulate that, guys like (India top-order batsman) Ajinkya Rahane, who’s an amazing player of spin."
Handscomb belongs to Victoria and that part of Australia has produced one of the greatest test cricketers for the nation. The matter of the fact is that most of the Australian cricketers hate playing spin and that has been the main reason that they have struggled on their last few tours to Asia. Their troubles will increase in India for two reasons as the hosts have the most deadly spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
The Australian team won their last test series in India was back in 2004-2005. Talking about the turning pitches, Handscomb said, "I’ll probably try and get a wicket at the MCG that can turn, so I can get a little bit of practice there before heading over (to India). "
He further added, "We actually did it once before we came up to the SCG in a Shield game, and it’s all about training hard so that when you go out into the middle, it’s easier than when you were training. It’s never easy out in the middle (on spin-friendly pitches), but it makes it a little bit better.”
Australia has a mountain to climb ahead of them and if they want to make most of the situation and they can't afford let any stone unturned. The Indian team is on an incredible 18-match unbeaten streak with Virat Kohli at the pick of his career. While Peter Handscomb and other players like Matt Renshaw have demonstrated that they do have the character to make it big in shown the Test cricket as well. The challenge they might face in India seems to come a bit early in their careers for them to really shine as it might have a negative impact on their future.