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Cricket news - Ready to keep wickets, if I feel fit and strong: Handscomb

"I can keep and all that, I just need to make sure I'm fit enough and strong enough" - Handscomb

With the 50-over World Cup on the horizon, most of the teams are looking to tweak their combinations in order to strike the right balance. Australia, who are currently touring India to take part in a string of limited overs games, showed their willingness to experiment by picking Peter Handscomb as the wicketkeeper-batsman ahead of the incumbent Alex Carey in the first T20I in Visakhapatnam.

Handscomb, who didn't have a good outing with the bat in the first T20I, said that he was ready to keep wickets, provided he is able to manage the workload of donning the gloves and batting in the middle order. He also added that it can be challenging to keep wickets in the hot and humid conditions of India.

The Victorian has already donned the gloves in three ODIs and in a few games across three formats of the game in domestic cricket.

"I can keep and all that, I just need to make sure I'm fit enough and strong enough," he said. "That if we keep first in a 50-over game, I can still go out there and bat at four or five and make sure I'm still running hard between the wickets. In India with a bit of heat and up to the stumps a lot more on spinning wickets, it can be tough, but it's something I am looking forward to having a crack at."

Handscomb also noted that it is great to have Brad Haddin as the fielding coach. Haddin, who kept wickets for Australia for more than a decade, has been working with Handscomb to improve his wicketkeeping skills.

"Hadds is great. We actually did a bit of work together a couple of years ago that put me on the right path with my keeping. We just found a little routine that I can do at training or before a game that just gets me going, gets me ready to keep. Whether I've been training a lot or I haven't been."

Handscomb had a mixed day with the gloves in the first game. He didn't concede a single bye, but missed the chance to run out MS Dhoni. "I went OK. Stopped a couple, stopped the important ones. That's the main thing."

The visitors, who eked out a nail-biting last-ball victory in the first game, will aim to seal the series in the second T20I to be played in Bengaluru.

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