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Poised Handscomb posts maiden Test ton

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Laine Clark

As a kid, Peter Handscomb was good at tennis.

Keeping his cool on court? Not so good.

These days his mother, Pat Murphy, admits she has no idea how her son fast-tracked his maturity in sport.

But like the Australian Test team, she's sure glad he did.

Handscomb showed experience beyond his 25 years to notch his maiden Test ton on day two of Australia's pink-ball clash with Pakistan at the Gabba on Friday.

"The feeling is awesome although I haven't spent too long sitting back and enjoying that moment yet," the level headed Handscomb said.

After resuming on 64, Handscomb hit a superb 105 and shared a telling 172-run fourth wicket stand with captain Steve Smith (130).

And all in Handscomb's second Test.

Much to his mum Pat's delight - and pleasant surprise.

She admitted there were early signs of Handscomb's sporting talent - but not his poise.

"I shouldn't tell you this but when he played junior tennis he would get a bit edgy - we threatened to pull him off the court," Pat told ABC Radio.

"Now he's very calm. I am not sure how that came to be."

Handscomb's composed demeanour was best summed up when he had a century in sight on Friday.

He had every right to suffer a serious bout of nervous 90s as he quickly began losing partners in a collapse of 4-31.

Instead, the Victorian calmly lofted champion legspinner Yasir Shah for six then brought up triple figures the next over with a boundary off quick Mohammad Amir.

"I thought if he tosses it up I will give it a crack," Handscomb said of his handsome six.

"That was only meant to go two bounces and trickle over the rope.

"Luckily enough, it went the full distance and I was able to capitalise on a wide one next over (for four)."

Handscomb's unprecedented poise has ensured he's made all three of his Test knocks to date count.

He announced his arrival with 54 on debut in the third Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

The next innings he managed an unbeaten one - the winning runs for Australia in the day-night Adelaide clash.

Now he has a Test ton to his name.

Ex-Australian opener Chris Rogers said Handscomb was "25 going on 35".

"Of all the young guns I have played with this guy is the most mature, the most confident with himself," Rogers said.

Handscomb already appears at home in a baggy green.

But his mum, it seems, is still getting used to the prospect.

"It's a bit surreal to see your son on TV at home," she laughed.

Judging by Handscomb's form, she may get used to the sight.

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