Handscomb set for ODI debut against Pakistan in Perth

25-year-old replaces Marsh; Lynn out of series due to neck injury


Afp January 18, 2017
Handscomb replaces Marsh; Lynn out of series due to neck injury. PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY: Middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb will make his limited overs debut for Australia against Pakistan in the third ODI in Perth on Thursday.

Handscomb replaces the injured Mitchell Marsh after a highly successful introduction to Test cricket in which the 25-year-old scored two centuries and two fifties in his first four appearances in the recent series against South Africa and Pakistan.

“He’s done really well, he’s been outstanding. So good reward for a good summer,” Australian coach Darren Lehmann told reporters on Wednesday.

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“Obviously we want four quality batters going at the top so he'll get his chance there.

“He played a one-day style innings for us in the Sydney Test, so he's got all the shots and he's quite innovative,” added Lehmann.

Mitchell Marsh out of ODI series against Pakistan

Fast-bowler Billy Stanlake comes in for Mitchell Starc, who is being rested.

Chris Lynn, who missed Sunday’s loss because of a neck injury, will be out for the remainder of the five-match series which is tied at 1-1.

Australia

Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja,  Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Billy Stanlake

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