Exciting batting prospect, Peter ‘Hank’ Handscomb returns to the Melbourne Stars for a second season where he hopes to make his T20 debut. The promising youngster was 12th man for a number of games in BBL|01 and travelled with the team for all interstate matches.
Touted as a player of the future by the Stars hierarchy, ‘Hank’ has been selected for his explosive batting capabilities but also as a backup keeper. If teammate Matthew Wade is required to play Test cricket through summer, Handscomb will don the gloves.
The 21-year-old top order batsman has made an impression in the longer format and made his first-class debut with the Victorian Bushrangers last year. He showed maturity and poise well beyond his years with a maiden Sheffield Shield century (113) against South Australia.
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.
A talented tennis junior, Peter found himself playing alongside players such as Australian Tennis’ next big thing Bernard Tomic. In the end though, he chose to pursue a career with the cricket bat instead of the racquet and hasn’t looked back since.