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Handscomb has no fear of Pakistan

AAP logoAAP 20/12/2016 Roger Vaughan

Brimming with confidence and relishing the prospect of his Boxing Day Test debut, the last thing on Peter Handscomb's mind is fear.

The in-form Australian cricketer laughed off Waqar Younis' claim that the Pakistan heroics in Brisbane had put fear into the home side.

Likewise, Handscomb derided a claim from former England captain Michael Vaughan that Australia's last-day tactics in the 'Gabba Test were ridiculous.

Handscomb returned to his home city on Tuesday after scoring a 50 and a century in his first two Tests.

He is about to achieve the dream of every Victorian cricketer - playing for Australia at a packed MCG on Boxing Day.

"Obviously it means a lot - I have been to the Boxing Day Test before, but obviously not in this capacity," he said.

"I've seen guys walk out, I've heard the cheer before, I've been part of that cheer.

"So it's going to be great to be there, walking out and hopefully just embracing the moment that's going to come."

Asked what he thought of Younis' claim, Handscomb pointed to the sudden Australian resurgence.

After South Africa mauled them in the first two Tests, Australia took out the dead rubber, dominated the one-day series against New Zealand and now have a 1-0 lead over Pakistan.

"We're coming in hot, with a lot of confidence," Handscomb said after returning to Melbourne.

"I wouldn't say there's any fear in our minds at all - we're going out looking to win and we're confident we're going to do it."

Vaughan was among several cricket commentators to question the Australian tactics as Pakistan made their unlikely bid for the win.

"I did not even know that he'd tweeted that and to be perfectly clear, I don't know what he's talking about," Handscomb said.

"We were pretty much trying to hit the top of off (stump), with the odd bouncer ... stock-standard kind of tactics.

"We're pretty happy, because we've come away with the win and we're going into Boxing Day 1-0, so it's pretty awesome."

But Handscomb admitted to feeling uneasy as Pakistan closed in, eventually losing by just 39 runs.

"There was definitely a chance," he said.

"On the morning I was (thinking) 'no, 100 runs - that's a lot'.

"Then it got to 50 and I was like 'alright, well, they have to do what they just did again' - so I was still semi-confident we were going to get it.

"The whole time, we knew we were only one wicket away .... credit to Starcy (Mitchell Starc) to actually bounce out a guy on 130 after bowling close to 40 overs, if not 40 overs."

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