Carey to miss second India A match; Renshaw in line for return

Australia Vice-captain Alex Carey will miss the second unofficial test against India A since Saturday when he returns home for the birth of his son. Peter Handscomb will keep wicket in place. Meanwhile, the opening of batter Matt Renshaw is on track for the selection of the second Test, having missed the first with a hamstring strain.

Carey had an impressive exit behind the stumps during the first game in Bangalore, and although his two sacks in the game did not tell that story, Carey was reliable in a slow low pitch, particularly because he deteriorated on the last day .

With Australia the squadron is likely to turn to bring two spinners – Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson – Handscomb's job as backup guard will be particularly challenging. While Handscomb is no stranger to wicketkeeping, having done work for Victoria, Melbourne Stars and Yorkshire before, he has largely limited himself to limited cricket.

According to records from ESPNcricinfo, Handscomb last started a first-class designated wicketkeeper game in December 2015, when it stayed for Victoria in Melbourne during the Sheffield Shield.

Handscomb remained in India before, in an ODI in Indore last year, but the rigors of a four-day game will be markedly different. 19659002] He will also add extra pressure on what will be Handscomb's final push for a spot in the senior test squad of his series against Pakistan in the UAE next month. Handscomb's last century of first class came in February this year, but in the seven innings since then, including two in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa, Handscomb has managed to get double figures on only one occasion. Handscomb also had a poor homer series last month, driving only four runs in two innings, and is in a remodeling phase, having admitted that the bowlers solved it.

Handscomb remains a strong contender for the selection of Tests, particularly for his skills against the turn. With the additional responsibility of retention, it could be relegated to order, presumably to No. 6, where his mentioned skills will be more prominent on the screen. He could give him time and freedom to enter himself, unlike Bengaluru, where in both entries at number 4, he was at the center of middle order collapses. If that were the case, Marnus Labuschagne of Queensland could be pushed up in order. Labuschagne, who had stayed with the test squad for the first test as a reserve for the injured Renshaw, will now also remain with the squad for the second game.

Australia A squad for the second test: Usman Khawaja, Matthew Renshaw, Kurtis Patterson, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh (capt), Peter Handscomb (week), Marnus Labuschagne, Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Jon Holland, Michael Neser, Joel Paris, Mitchell Swepson, Chris Tremain [19659009]


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