IND VS AUS: The interim Test captain of Australia, Steve Smith, has voiced his displeasure at remarks made by former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden against Peter Handscomb during the current Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023. For example, during Australia’s second innings against India in the third Test in Indore, Handscomb adopted a conservative batting style. He scored 19 runs from 98 deliveries, with just one being a boundary and the rest coming from sly singles.

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While Hayden, the former Australian cricketer, didn’t appear thrilled with Handscomb’s batting strategy. The 31-year-old’s slow score is “un-Australian” by the speaker.

“Very Defensive With His Mindset”: Matthew Hayden

IND VS AUS: Steve Smith Comes To Peter Handscomb's Rescue
IND VS AUS: Steve Smith Comes To Peter Handscomb’s Rescue

“He was very, very defensive with his mindset. His strike rate of under 20 means that you are not going anywhere, and the scoreboard is not going anywhere, and that’s a product of some really tough batting condition. He was sort of like a sitting duck in many ways. It’s almost un-Australian. I don’t want anyone out there to think I’m overly criticizing Pete. I’m not. It’s just not quite attacking enough. It’s such a tricky balance.”

Hayden said

While according to Smith, Handscomb’s performance enabled the Australian batsmen to frustrate the Indian spinners. And prevent a similar catastrophic batting collapse as in the first two Tests. Smith continued. While saying that some of the remarks were made by previous cricket players. The players in the current series have “shocked” him.

 “I think he’s been outstanding. The first two Test matches in the first innings and left pretty much stranded. Things could be different if one of the other top seven could partner with him. He batted beautifully in the first two, stuck to his method, trusted his defense, and then scored off balls that were either overpitched or too short and played them off the back foot.”

Smith had said while addressing reporters in a press conference

Peter Handscomb’s Batting Performances

“His method has proved it’s worked in difficult conditions. So I was shocked to see some comments about how he was playing because I think he and Uzzy (Khawaja) have probably been arguably our two best batters in this series.”

Said Steve Smith

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While the rest of Handscomb’s runs came from singles as he played a defensive game at the bat. Striking just one boundary in 98 balls. Before being bowled out for 19 by Ravichandran Ashwin. The world-class spinners from India are constantly pushing back. And blocked out by him as he continually moved cautiously onto his back foot whenever they dipped short due to the unpredictable bounce of the wicket.

While with 128 runs at 32.00, Handscomb is Australia’s third-highest run-scorer in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy so far. In the opening innings of the Nagpur and Delhi Tests. The 31-year-old Australian player scores 31 and 72 runs without being out. He was recalled to the team in a horses-for-courses selection.

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