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Peter Handscomb retained as Australia name squad for last two Tests vs India

first_imgBatsman Peter Handscomb has retained his place in the Test squad despite recent failures as Australia named an unchanged side for the remaining two matches against India.Handscomb has not scored a Test fifty since his 82 against Bangladesh in Chittagong in September 2017. In the first two Tests against India, the right-hand bat has scores of 34, 14, 7 and 13.Australia bounced back after the Adelaide Test defeat to outplay India in the second match in Perth on Tuesday. The hosts beat the world’s top-ranked Test side by 146 runs at the Perth Stadium to level the series at 1-1.The final two matches — the Boxing Day Test and the New Year’s Test — and will be played in Melbourne and Sydney from December 26 and January 3 respectively.Uncapped paceman Chris Tremain will continue to remain out of the squad after being released before the Perth match, Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement.”With Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle in the squad we believe we have enough fast bowlers to choose from, so we’ve made the decision to stick with the 13 person squad for the remaining two test matches against India,” national selector Trevor Hohns said.”We believe it’s important to keep this group together to build on the momentum we have established in Perth.”Squad: Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (captain), Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | Tim Paine relieved after registering first Test win as Australia captainadvertisementlast_img read more

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