Peter Handscomb: Toying with the idea of trying to hit Yasir Shah over the top

Australian batsman Peter Handscomb proved that he was not afraid of the nervous nineties, as he smashed Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah for a six, just before scoring his ton, while he brought up his ton in style, after hitting Mohammad Aamer for a boundary, on Day Two of the first day-night Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday. He scored his ton just at the stroke of the tea break, but was dismissed for 105, just as the innings resumed following the tea break. Nevertheless, he has had a good career so far from three innings, which includes a half-century, a ton, and also a winning run.

“I’d been toying with the idea of trying to hit Yasir over the top for most of the game. They brought the field up to try and keep me off strike, so I thought there’s a chance, if he tosses it up I’ll give it a crack and see what happens. But that was only meant to go for two bounces and trickle over the rope. I was lucky enough it went the full distance and I was able to capitalise on a wide one next over. I’m feeling pretty good,” said Handscomb, reports ESPNCricinfo .
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“The movements are great, going forward when I need to, going back when I need to, and just trying to stay as clear as possible. We all know that cricket’s a pretty fickle game and it can all change pretty quickly. So I’ll just be doing as much as I can to make sure that I stay as positive and keep trying to make as many runs as I can,” he added.
“All the way through junior cricket, into my first three years of first-class cricket, I changed my technique probably every year,” he said. “But that’s just something where each batter, each individual is just trying to find their own way, trying to find what works for them. A couple of years ago I did a lot of work with Greg Shipperd, and we just found a technique to try and stop a certain mode of dismissal, and we have. Since then I’ve been able to tinker with it and find my own little spin on it and it seems to be going okay at the moment,” he continued.
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Speaking on his teammate Josh Hazlewood, he said, “He’s able to land it on a five-cent coin pretty much all the time now, and he’s been doing that for plenty of games. He’s definitely one of our strike bowlers if not the best bowler in the country. He’s doing a great job. He’s awesome. It’s great to have him on my team for a change and not have to face that, which is good.”
“It is tough under lights and we know that the pink ball swings under lights. They bowled well as well last night. But credit I think goes to our bowlers and the way we bowled in this session, to actually get a little bit more out of the wicket, which was awesome and has put us in a great position,” he concluded.
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