Perseverance and hard work paid off for Pete Handscomb this summer when he made his debut for the Melbourne Stars and played five matches.
He seized his opportunities in the absence of Matthew Wade and provided stability down the Stars’ batting order and looked at home behind the stumps.
Handscomb is welcomed back to the Stars in BBL|03, this time locking in a multi-year deal ensuring he’ll be wearing green for the next three years.
Touted as a player of the future by the Stars hierarchy, the 22-year-old has already made an impression in the four-day format for the Victorian Bushrangers, striking a maiden first-class century (113) last year and becoming a regular player in the 2012/13 season.
Born to English parents, Handscomb holds a British passport and has taken full advantage of it, 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.
This year, Handscomb made a blistering start to the Bupa Sheffield Sheild, belting 69 and 59 runs in the first match before another big total of 94 against NSW.