Out-of-favor Australian batter Peter Handscomb examined constructive for COVID-19 on Sunday (July 11), forcing him to overlook a county recreation in opposition to Leicestershire. The 30-year-old has been main Middlesex this season within the County Championship.
Peter Handscomb is presently isolating himself and in his absence, Eire cricketer Tim Murtagh has taken over the tasks of main the facet on this Group 2 fixture.
“Irishman Tim Murtagh stepped as much as fill in for Handscomb as skipper as Middlesex ended day one of many conflict with Leicestershire at 3-280,” A report in ‘The West Australian’ stated.
Middlesex received the toss and opted to bat first on this recreation and had been fairly spectacular on the opening day of the four-day match. Sam Robson led the cost with a superb unbeaten century on the shut of play on Day 1 whereas New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell scored 38 runs. Edward Barnes, Abidine Sakande and Ben Mike have picked up one wicket every to date.
Peter Handscomb’s struggles with kind
Peter Handscomb hasn’t had a terrific run with the bat in current instances. The Melbourne-born cricketer final donned Australian colours two years in the past in his nation’s semi-final loss to England on the 2019 ICC World Cup. A string of poor performances on the highest degree has since resulted in him being constantly ignored by the nationwide workforce selectors.
Peter Handscomb has had his justifiable share of struggles within the County Championship as properly. He has struggled to encourage his troops from the entrance and has did not get previous the 50-run mark in his final 13 innings for the workforce. Handscomb has bagged a duck on three events, with a excessive rating of simply 36 in these 13 innings.
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Middlesex are presently languishing on the backside of the factors desk in Group 2 with just one win from 9 matches. They’ve a mere 63 factors to their identify, 44 factors lesser than Leicestershire, who’re one spot above them within the desk. In the meanwhile, Somerset occupies the highest place in Group 2 with 134 factors (4 wins in 9 video games) whereas Gloucestershire is second with 129 factors (5 wins in 9 video games).