Perseverance and hard work is paying off for Peter Handscomb, who will be installed as the number one Melbourne Stars wicket-keeper in BBL|04.
The talented keeper-batsmen first made his debut for the Stars in BBL|02, where he went on to play five matches. In BBL|03, he showed he can match it with the best in the Big Bash, with 13* and 25* against the Hurricanes and Scorchers respectively.
He seized his opportunities in the absence of Matthew Wade and provided flexibility in the Stars’ batting order and looked at home behind the stumps. Handscomb is back to the Stars in BBL|04 after locking in a multi-year deal that will ensure he’ll be wearing green for until at least BBL|05
Handscomb has made a promising start to his career with explosive batting performances that rival those of his more experienced teammates.
Touted as a player of the future by the Stars hierarchy, the 23-year-old has already made an impression in the four-day format for the Victorian Bushrangers in the 2014-15 Bupa Sheffield Shield, striking a career best 134-runs against South Australia on the back of his maiden first-class century on the MCG.
Born to English parents, Handscomb holds a British passport and has taken full advantage of it, regularly escaping Melbourne’s winter for the English summer in the past. But fear not, Peter’s allegiance lies firmly with his country of birth, having represented Australia at Under-19 tournaments in 2009.
Ironically, the dual-passport wicketkeeper-batsmen was a focal point for Australia A when they took on the English Lions in February 2013, Handscomb made 22 at the top of the order.