Ashes 2017-18: Peter Handscomb, Australia batsman with English roots, looking forward to banter with Barmy Army

Australia batsman Peter Handscomb is aware that due to his English parentage he is likely to be a target for abuse from some sections of opposing fans during the Ashes, and he cannot wait to find out what the Barmy Army has in store for him.

Reuters, Nov 21, 2017 22:48:56 IST

Melbourne: Australia batsman Peter Handscomb is aware that due to his English parentage he is likely to be a target for abuse from some sections of opposing fans during the Ashes, and he cannot wait to find out what the Barmy Army has in store for him.

File photo of Peter Handscomb. Reuters

File photo of Peter Handscomb. Reuters

The 26-year-old middle order batsman will make his Ashes debut at the Gabba on Thursday when the five-match series starts in Brisbane and he is braced for some jovial banter when the action begins.

”I hope they’ve got a song for me,“ Handscomb told reporters on Tuesday. ”I’ll be disappointed if they don‘t. I want to see what they’ve got.

”Both my parents are English; dad was born in Cambridge and mum (in) southwest London. (But) they both came over here 30-35 years ago; mate, so they are well and truly Australian now.

“They will be backing me and the Australian team, that’s for sure.”

The Victorian has had a strong start to his Test career, scoring two hundreds and four fifties in 10 matches in the longest format at an average of almost 57 with the bat.

”Most of my (extended) family is in England," he said. "I am getting well-wishes of ‘I hope you go well but I hope the rest of the team doesn‘t’.

“The whole atmosphere and crowd is going to be awesome. I‘m going to try and enjoy it.”

Updated Date: Nov 21, 2017 22:48:56 IST


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Team p w l nr pts
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England 4 3 1 0 6
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South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
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3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
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5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254