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Handscomb gloves up against Pakistan

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017 Rob Forsaith

Peter Handscomb's impressive cameo as stand-in wicketkeeper on Thursday at the SCG is likely to save Australia from sending two glovemen next month to India.

That's the opinion of bowling coach David Saker, who has praised Handscomb's effort deputising for an ill Matthew Wade on the third day of the third Test against Pakistan.

"All along, we knew Pete could step into that role and I thought he did a fantastic job down at the stumps, to be fair," Saker said after play.

"He's done it very well for Victoria over different times. It is a bonus to have someone in your team that can do that."

Handscomb assumed stumps duties after Wade headed back to the team hotel with a stomach bug not long after play began following a rain delay on day three.

And it didn't take long for the first-innings centurion to play a part in a dismissal, whipping the bails off following a Mitchell Starc throw to end Azhar Ali's knock of 71.

Saker said Handscomb could fill the role of back-up wicketkeeper in India, but admitted the newcomer would be out of his depth as a first-choice on the subcontinent.

"I'd probably still be assuming that if someone, Matthew Wade for instance, got injured, they'd fly someone back over," he said.

"I'm not sure Peter Handscomb's got the experience of keeping up to the stumps in long periods on turning wickets, but I know that he's a very skilful catcher of the ball.

"That's why he does a really good job in the slips and he's grown up keeping, so he's not unfamiliar with it. But keeping up to the stumps in India is probably a bit different to keeping back in Australian conditions."

Former Test gloveman Ian Healy rated Handscomb better than a part-timer.

"How handy is he? He's better than a part-time gloveman," Healy said on the Nine Network.

"He rarely wears pads - that's how he goes about it. He's a very casual-looking wicketkeeper, but pretty good. He doesn't crouch low - he just gets ready."

Team doctor Peter Brukner said Wade had been suffering nausea and diarrhoea.

"He's received medication for his symptoms but is still feeling unwell. After taking the field, he realised he was not well enough to continue, hence his decision to come off," he said.

"He's returning to the hotel to rest and will hopefully recover by tomorrow morning. We will monitor his condition."

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