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Handscomb lords over Pakistan

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017 Rob Forsaith

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has heaped praise on Peter Handscomb, admitting the tourists have studied the Australian young gun throughout the ongoing series but are no wiser about any weakness.

Handscomb's overall Test average currently stands at 89.75 after he scored 110 on day two of the ongoing SCG clash.

The 25-year-old has twice reached three figures against Pakistan, who have never dismissed him for a cheaper score than 54.

"We've tried all sorts (of tactics). We've analysed him to the nth degree and he just keeps coming up trumps," Arthur said.

"I'm very impressed - and we've seen enough of him.

"It's an interesting technique but it's one he seems very confident with. It's one he plays really well with, he hits the ball very late.

"You always feel like you've got a chance coming around the wicket to him, but he generally scores very well through the leg side."

Handscomb could have been stumped on nine but otherwise didn't offer a chance until he was out hit-wicket.

Centuries from Handscomb, Matt Renshaw and David Warner powered Australia to an imposing total of 8(dec)-538.

Pakistan will resume at 2-126 on Thursday, with Arthur all but conceding his side were always going to struggle to fight their way back into the contest after Warner's astonishing pre-lunch ton on day one.

"The first hour of play, I think David Warner took the game away from us," Arthur said.

"As only David can. We probably gave him just a little bit too much width and he fed on that. He scored so quickly that we just could never get control. The tone was set from the first over.

""David Warner's innings made it a whole lot easier for the rest of the batting order, but that's taking nothing away from Renshaw and Handscomb."

Handscomb admitted he was surprised with just how seamless his transition to Test cricket had been.

"It has been a nice start and something I didn't think would happen when I made this step,'' Handscomb said.

"But it has been awesome and after this series I will have a chance to sit down and think about what has happened."

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