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"I can push my case at some stage for red-ball again, but at the moment I've got to concentrate on the white ball."

Peter Handscomb has a curvy last month or so. There were ups as well as downs. The joy of a comeback to the Test side to be dropped for the Boxing Day Test, and then again for the Sydney Test, and ends in the second highest run-getter for Australia in the recently concluded one-day series.

The Victorian was overlooked for the third Test in Melbourne against India, although he was part of the team that levelled the series in Perth. However, a game-winning 70 in the Big Bash League earned him a ticket to the Test side, and soon, he also wore the ODI colours and Handscomb is not to complain, to play what format he gets.

"Everyone is running, running well," he said Saturday (19. January). "I just try to play for Australia in any format. If I'm good in the one-dayers, happy days. I can press my case at some point for the red ball again, but at the moment I have to focus on the white ball."

The role of him in the ODI side, it was very clear, and the 27-year-old is not afraid to tell you that the cotton-formula comes from the current number one side England.

"You go pretty hard, but you have said your Controller," Handscomb. "You have (Joe) root and (Eoin) Morgan, the play, hold the roll in the middle. I'm going on the search to in a run a ball and they play spin really well. We are looking to rotate the strike against spin and take it deep. The power we have in this team is amazing, as long as we get them in the last 10 overs."

Handscomb is ready to take his place in the side as a specialist 'Keeper, if it must be so. However, he expects Alex Carey to be the first choice. There are to occupy a few places in the Australian team and with the return of David Warner and Steve Smith, the look of the line-up could be quite different from what it was against India.

The right-hander has wickets for Victoria held in their domestic 50-over competition and also contributed to his BBL franchise, the Melbourne Stars, if the need arose. "I'm ready to do it," he said. "Obviously, I have it for the Stars as well (in the KFC BBL). I know that the 20-overs, but it is always ticking.

"I'm ready to go, if need be, but obviously, Kez, our Vice-captain, he has beautiful a very good job behind the stumps and bats. So I would be surprised (if I was asked)."

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