Australia India Test Squad; Squad named, Peter Handscomb fear of injury, when in doubt

Australia’s Test squad for India has been announced but veteran subcontinental specialist Peter Handscomb is in doubt after a local cricket injury.

Peter Handscomb suffered an injury scare at club cricket on Tuesday night and is under a cloud for next month’s tour of India.

Handscomb was named batting reserve and reserve wicketkeeper in an 18-man Australia squad on Wednesday but will now need to be examined by medical staff before being fitted for the squad trip in a couple of weeks.

Handscomb is understood to have injured his hip in a seemingly harmless punch in Melbourne on Tuesday night but collapsed three balls later after hitting a six.

Handscomb immediately withdrew injured as a precaution and spoke to the selectors before the squad was set.

Australia still have plenty of time to change course if necessary, but hope Handscomb’s problem is minor and can recover in time for the Tour.

National Selector George Bailey said Handscomb is an important part of the squad.

“Peter Handscomb deserves his place back in the squad,” Bailey said.

“His domestic form has been strong lately and Pete has shown he can perform at Test level.

“His experience against spin on the subcontinent is valuable and he’s also an exceptional close-to-wicket catcher.”

Batsman Marcus Harris was dropped from the squad, with Handscomb and Matthew Renshaw being favored for subcontinental conditions.

In a worse scenario where Handscomb had to be ruled out, Josh Inglis could replace him as wicketkeeping insurance is required.

Fast bowler Lance Morris has been selected for his first-ever Australian Test tour and with Mitchell Starc missing the first Test it could be an early-game opportunity if the selectors think they need his flying speed.

Starc will only join the squad after the first Test, which begins on February 9, suggesting he could have serious doubts for the second Test in Delhi as well.

Cameron Green was named despite his broken finger and is struggling to play the first Test.

Bailey said the team was ready for the challenge of beating India in India – arguably cricket’s most difficult mountain to climb.

“After a successful summer at home, the team is looking forward to the challenge that a test tour on the subcontinent offers,” said Bailey.

“We have selected a roster that offers the depth and flexibility needed to adapt to the conditions we may encounter.”

As News Corp reports, Australia has chosen four spinners – Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar, Todd Murphy and Mitchell Swepson.

Bailey identified Agar as the key man for his left arm.

“Ashton Agar continues to impress after his comeback in Sydney and we think turning his left arm will play an important role in the conditions in India,” Bailey said.

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