Handscomb targets 'dream' Boxing Day Ashes Test


Peter Handscomb has set his sights on a "dream" appearance in the Boxing Day Ashes Test in his hometown of Melbourne after a promising start to his Australia career.

Middle-order batsman Handscomb was elevated into the Australia side after their disastrous defeat at the hands of South Africa in November, in which they were bowled out for 85.

In his eight Tests since, Handscomb has scored two centuries and three fifties - including one at the MCG against Pakistan.

The Victorian is hoping to have cemented his place in the side by the time of a next potential homecoming against old enemies England.

"Hopefully I can stay in the Australia Test squad for as long as possible," Handscomb told Omnisport. "Playing in an Ashes series is something you dream of growing up.

"I used to go to the Boxing Day Test a lot as a youngster, so that's the dream - to get out there in an Ashes Test on Boxing Day."

With five one-day international appearances, the Champions Trophy also looms as a potential target for the 25-year-old.

Handscomb made 82 on his 50-over debut for his country, but his best score since is just seven.

Having signed up for a season of county cricket with Yorkshire, Handscomb will get first-hand experience of British pitches before the tournament starts.

He added: "The job first and foremost is to make as many runs for Yorkshire and if that means I get selected in the Champions Trophy then happy days.

"If I don't, then I'm not too worried because I get to stay with this strong county and play as much cricket as I can.

"Obviously Australia is a very strong one-day team, we won the World Cup a couple of years ago and we're ranked two in the one-dayers. So obviously we're going to be going in with a lot of confidence. 

"We have a great side, we had a tough tour in New Zealand recently but we were missing a few key players so with them coming back I dare say we'll be a formidable force."