Australian batsman Peter Handscomb spoke about the infamous sandpaper gate in South Africa where he was spotted conversing on a walkie talkie with Darren Lehman ,while Cameron Bancroft was caught red handed shoving the piece of paper down his trousers.
Here’s what he had to say about the infamous incident “I love that footage because it’s amazing how much the media edited it. It shows me on the walkie talkie then me running out and talking to Cam,” Handscomb told reporters.
“What happened was; I was on the walkie talkie, then 25 or 30 minutes later a player comes off because they needed to go to the bathroom, so as the next fielder I came on. I got put in a catching position next to Cam ... that’s why I was there.
“I was literally trying to have a joke with him. There was nothing else. It had been half an hour. We were talking about something else.”
He was further asked to give confirmation if ex coach Darren Lehman had said “what the heck is going out there”, Handscomb replied “Pretty much, it’s been quite well documented.”
Peter Handscomb will be looking to be a part of the Australian team which travels to the UAE to face Pakistan in their first Test assignment after the ball tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year.
“It’s been quite well documented how important this is for both bat and ball,”
“There’s going to be guys really trying to take their opportunity and step up for Test selection."
“I’ll be doing the same to show that I am a good player of spin then hopefully set myself up for the Australian summer.” Handscomb added.
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