Peter Handscomb never made it past twelfth man during BBL|01, but travelling with the Melbourne Stars was still an invaluable learning experience for the young cricketer.
“I learnt a lot from the team, seeing how they went about their business,” Handscomb said. “It’s hard not to be excited and get yourself up and about for the new season.”
BBL|02 will most likely see Handscomb take the field donning the wicket-keeping gloves in place of teammate Matthew Wade, who is likely to be busy with Australian Test duties for part of the tournament.
“We’d like Wadey with us as many times as possible, but it’s great to see the Stars boys playing for the country and I guess it’s a good opportunity for myself to get a gig at some point,” he said.
As a batsman, Handscomb has in the past admitted to being ‘no big fence clearer' but his recent Ryobi Cup form, which has included two big sixes against South Australia in his last game, suggests the right-hander is ready for the T20 challenge.
Like many of his Stars teammates, Handscomb has been blown away by the presence of team mentor, Sir Vivian Richards: “It is absolutely amazing, he is one of the greats.”
At the recent Team Camp in Phillip Island the squad sat down to talk cricket with Sir Viv and Shane Warne. “The information that he brings and the knowledge that he has is second to none,” Handscomb said, adding he's thrilled to be lining up alongside legends of the game in Stars captain Warne.
Winning the competition is the young gun’s major goal for BBL|02. For the ever superstitious Handscomb this includes a very strict pre-game routine which involves wearing the same Skins when batting and putting his pads on a particular way.
“But the plan is to get the team home, any way necessary.”