Role Batsman / Wicket-keeper, Right-handed Batsman, Right-arm fast-medium Bowler
Relation(s) John Handscomb (Father), Pat Murphy (Mother), James McLaren Handscomb (Brother)
Peter Handscomb Biography
Born to British parents on 26th April 1991, Peter Handscomb is an Australian cricket player. The right-handed batsman is also a part time wicketkeeper, and comes in handy when regular keeper Matthew Wade is out of the side.
Handscomb started playing cricket at a young age for St. Kilda Cricket Club in the Victorian Premier League. Brilliant performances led his selection to his home side, Victoria, in domestic cricket in the 2011-2012 season.
Handscomb represented Victoria in both Under-17 and Under-19 categories and went on to represent Australia Under-19 side during the team’s tour to Sri Lanka.
Batting exceptionally for Victoria, he was selected by Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash league for the 2012-2013 season.
He shot into prominence in the 2013-2014 season of first class cricket, scoring three centuries and averaging above 50. He then went on to play for Gloucestershire in county cricket during 2015.
Displaying sound technique and a confident demeanor in first class cricket, Handscomb was selected for Australia A in 2015 and was even handed the onus of captaincy in 2016. Australia’s dismal performance in home series against South Africa in 2016 coincided with Handscomb’s first domestic double century.
This resulted in his Test debut against South Africa in the third test in 2016 at the age of 25. He made a remarkable start to his career, scoring 399 runs in 4 matches, averaging a whopping 99.75.
In his debut in ODIs, Handscomb scored an impressive 82 in a successful chase against Pakistan in 2017.
Rise to Glory
He was selected for Australia’s tour of India in 2017. Although his stats were not that impressive, but he proved that he wasn’t just a backyard player and could adapt to new conditions.
He played a match-saving knock in the third test, scoring 72 not out. Handscomb bettered his overseas record with a resolute 82 in a test against Bangladesh.
Having proved his versatility and confidence abroad, Handscomb cemented his spot in the Australian side and was in the squad for the 2017-2018 Ashes series.
Peter Handscomb holds the record for being the only player to have scored more than fifty runs in each of their first seven test matches. He also holds the record of being the only player to score his maiden test century in a Day/Night test match.