Peter Handscomb To Miss IPL Auction, Decides To Play Full Season For Yorkshire
Australian rookie Peter Handscomb has revealed that he’ll be playing full season for English County side Yorkshire after deciding not to put his name forward for Twenty20 riches Indian Premier League’s auction, which is scheduled on February 4.
“Yorkshire is an unbelievably strong side and to get over there and play as high a standard of cricket as I can in our off-season is great preparation for our coming season,” Handscomb said.
The right-handed wicket-keeper batsman Handscomb has scored 399 runs in his four Tests so far. He admitted that the longer format of the game has improved him as a player and he would like to continue to do so in upcoming fixtures for Australia.
“I’ve just started to figure out that I’m a bit more suited to the longer form of the game,” Handscomb said.
The 25-year-old Handscomb has scored two Test centuries and two fifties so far.
“I still enjoy playing Twenty20 cricket but I saw that IPL experience as a chance to get over there and practice in those conditions and try and figure out how to play spin in India,” Handscomb added.
The Victoria-born batsman played for Gloucestershire in 2015 season before joining IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants last year.
“So this year, when the opportunity has arisen to play county cricket, I thought I’d be silly not to take it and learn how to play in those conditions,” remarked Handscomb.
Having an average of around 100 in Tests, Handscomb seemed pleased with his Gloucestershire stint while moving from Division Two cricket to Division one.
In his 20 appearances, he scored four fifties in County Championship.
“Getting over to Gloucester was awesome, to get in English conditions and try to get an understanding of how my game works over there,” he concluded.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor