Vishal Mehra ∙ Mar 22 2023, 10:45 AM | 2 Min Read

Veteran Australian Joins Leicestershire To Facilitate Ashes Preparations

image-lfj5pxjqPeter Handscomb in action [Source: AP]

The Ashes 2023 is just months away, and Australian batters are already signing up with County teams to get game time in England, which will host the five-match Test series in June. 

Meanwhile, middle-order batter Peter Handscomb has signed a deal with Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC) to play in the 2023 County Championship season.

Handscomb will look to press for his selection in the all-important Ashes and also eye a spot in the ICC World Test Championship final against India, to be held at The Oval.

The 31-year-old will play with Leicestershire for two months and fill in for India's Ajinkya Rahane, who will only join the County after his IPL stint sometime in June.

Handscomb recently returned to Australia's Test side for their India tour, where he scored 145 runs in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023. The right-handed batter will join his County club after playing for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield final this week.

The Melbourne-born has already played in England with counties like Gloucestershire, Durham, Middlesex, and Yorkshire.

Apart from Handscomb, players like Cameron Bancroft, Todd Murphy, Marnus Labuschagne, and Steve Smith have lined-up County contacts ahead of their England tour.

Meanwhile, Australia will lock horns against hosts India in the final ODI of the ongoing three-match series in Chennai on Thursday.