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More runs for Handscomb but Ferguson fails

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Laine Clark and Adrian Warren

Victoria's Peter Handscomb again piled on the runs to be the standout candidate for the open batting spots in next week's day-night third Test against South Africa.

The 25-year-old is in the box seat to replace concussed veteran Adam Voges for the pink ball Test in Adelaide after a career high 215 in the Shield clash with NSW at the SCG on Friday.

Handscomb produced some wonderful strokeplay after resuming on 110 against the Blues.

He continued to hammer a NSW attack including Test spinner Nathan Lyon, who took 0-141.

In the end, his eight-hour knock featured 23 fours and a six - easily eclipsing his previous first class highest score of 137.

"Not just in this game, but this season and the last couple he's showed that he's good enough so I think the time is right," Victoria's Cameron White said of Handscomb's Test chances.

"The selectors always talk about in-form players - he's in form."

Handscomb is expected to slot in for Voges at Adelaide, with the West Australian middle order veteran still nursing a sore head after being concussed in the Shield clash with Tasmania in Perth on Thursday.

He will take no further part in the game and the jury is out on when he will play again, let alone a Test.

Asked about Voges' health on Friday, WA coach Justin Langer told Fox Sports: "It was a bad blow - it was a bit like a boxer getting knocked out."

Incumbent Test No.6 Callum Ferguson made a disastrous debut in Australia's humbling second Test loss in Hobart, scoring a total of just four runs.

And he could struggle to hold his spot, only managing four again at No.3 for South Australia before being caught behind off Queensland's Luke Feldman at the Gabba.

But none of those looking to replace him did much better.

South Australian captain Travis Head played a loose shot and chopped on for 37.

Baggy green smokey Jake Lehmann - son of national coach Darren - made only seven for the Redbacks.

And Victoria's Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Wade fell cheaply for 10 and six respectively at the SCG.

All eyes will be on NSW young gun Kurtis Patterson in the Shield clash with Victoria on Saturday, where he will resume on 28.

At least ex-Australian No.3 Alex Doolan reminded selectors he was still around.

The 30-year-old - who played the last of his four Tests two years ago - struck a ton for Tasmania in Perth against WA.

In the spin bowling stakes, South Australian leggie Adam Zampa copped some stick from Queensland but at least took four wickets - unlike Lyon.

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