Peter Handscomb is set for scans after suffering an injury in the Victorian Super Slam


One of the boys back from Australia had dreams of a Test recall after a club cricket injury.

Hours before being included in the 18-man squad for Australia’s tour of India, Peter Handscomb fell ill while playing on Tuesday night and eventually left the field.

In the state’s Victorian Super Slam T20 opener against St Kilda against Melbourne, Handscomb hit his second six of the day before collapsing to the floor in pain.

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He was out on 16 off 8 balls and did not return.

When it was delivered briefly to the body, the damage appeared to have been done several rounds earlier.

Although nothing has been confirmed yet, the injury was sent for a scan, hoping it was nothing more than a bruise.

Chairman of selectors George Bailey called Handscomb when the team was locked out.

“Peter Handscomb deserves his place in the team,” he said.

“His domestic form has been strong recently and Pete has proven he can perform at Test level.

“His experience against spin in the subcontinent is invaluable and he is very good at the wicketkeeper.”

Handscomb’s last chance to shine against international cricket was in 2022, when he played a Cricket Australia XI match against South Africa before the Test series, scoring 9 in the first dig and 48 in the second.

The 31-year-old played 29 innings in 16 Tests between 2016 and 2019, scoring two centuries and four more fifties.

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