Peter Stephen Patrick Handscomb (born 26 April 1991) is an Australian cricketer contracted domestically to Victoria and the Melbourne Stars. Handscomb is in the current squad for Tests, Twenty20 Internationals and One Day Internationals for Australia. He is a middle order batsman and occasional wicket-keeper. He initially had the role of wicket keeper for the national team when former keeper Matthew Wade was unavailable. He most recently kept during the First T20I against India in February 2019, replacing vice-captain Alex Carey in the lineup.
Handscomb in October 2011
|Full name||Peter Stephen Patrick Handscomb|
|Born||26 April 1991|
Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Test debut (cap 447)||30 November 2016 v South Africa|
|Last Test||3 January 2019 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 219)||19 January 2017 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||11 July 2019 v England|
|T20I debut (cap 94)||24 February 2019 v India|
|Last T20I||27 February 2019 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|2016||Rising Pune Supergiants|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 11 July 2019
Early life and junior careerEdit
Having spent the 2011 season playing English club cricket for Tring Park, as well as several matches for Leicestershire in the Second XI Championship. Handscomb debuted for Victoria during the 2011–12 Australian season, playing as a top-order batsman. He scored 42 and 71 runs, respectively, in his first List A and first-class innings, both in matches against Queensland at the Gabba. Handscomb's first century in Sheffield Shield matches came against South Australia in February 2012, an innings of 113 runs at the Adelaide Oval. Towards the end of the season, he was also used as Victoria's wicket-keeper, with both Matthew Wade and Ryan Carters unavailable. Handscomb was awarded Cricket Victoria contracts for both Victoria and the Melbourne Stars for the 2012–13 season. In Victorian Premier Cricket, he plays for the St Kilda Cricket Club, and led the club's batting averages during the 2011–12 season. Handscomb also holds British citizenship, with both of his parents English immigrants to Australia.
Handscomb's break-through first class season occurred for Victoria in 2014–15, when he scored three centuries and averaged 53.91. He played county cricket for Gloucestershire during 2015, and began touring with Australia A, becoming captain of the team in early 2016.
In November 2016, immediately after his maiden first-class double century against New South Wales and amidst the backdrop of Australia's disastrous home series loss against South Africa and the retirement of chairman of selectors Rod Marsh, Handscomb was one of several players brought into Australia's Test team ahead of the dead rubber third Test against South Africa. He made his Test debut on 24 November 2016, and was presented his baggy green cap by Chris Rogers.
Batting at number five, Handscomb made an impressive start to his Test career, scoring 399 runs at an average of 99.75 across the remaining four home Tests of the summer: one against South Africa and three against Pakistan. He scored his maiden Test hundred (105) in the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba, in a 172-run partnership with skipper Steve Smith, and followed it with 110 in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Peter Handscomb became the first batsman in history to score his maiden test century in a Day Night test match. With half-centuries in the other two matches, Handscomb became the second Australian Test cricketer to score a half century in each of his first four Tests, and was not dismissed for less than fifty in any innings.
He made his One Day Internationals (ODI) debut in Perth on 19 January 2017 against Pakistan, and was presented his ODI cap by Adam Gilchrist. In his debut innings, Handscomb was caught behind for 0, but it was shown that the bowler, Junaid Khan had bowled a no-ball. He went on to score 82 in Australia's successful chase of 264 against Pakistan, the third highest debut score by an Australian in an ODI. On 30 January 2017, Handscomb deputised for Matthew Wade as wicketkeeper against New Zealand.
In April 2018, he was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2018–19 season. In February 2019, he was named in Australia's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against India. He made his T20I debut for Australia against India on 24 February 2019.
Handscomb is a very capable and versatile fielder, having fielded around the slip cordon, short leg, point and also at wicketkeeper.
As a batsman, Handscomb is known to play the majority of his shots off the front foot, and also plays very deep in his crease, dangerously close to the stumps. While the intention of this technique is to get more time to react to the ball, in reality it makes him vulnerable against pace bowlers with sideways movements (inswingers and off cutters from right-hand bowlers). This issue is further exacerbated by his tendency to change his batting guard during his innings. This issue was exposed during his recall to the test team in 2018 against India, where Australian legend Shane Warne likened him to a ‘lamb to the slaughter’ and in the 3rd test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, his home test, he was dropped from the test team. 
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- baggy green
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