Mohali: Peter Handscomb, one of the architects of Australia’s record breaking run-chase against India in the fourth ODI here, was confident that young Ashton Turner could replicate his big-hitting exploits in domestic cricket at the international stage. Turner on Sunday smashed unbeaten 84 off 43 balls as Australia chased down a mammoth target of 359 with four wickets in hand and 13 balls to spare to level the five-match series 2-2.
The series-deciding fifth and final ODI will be played in New Delhi on Wednesday. “Ashton (Turner) is an amazing player. We have seen what he has done in the Big Bash League (for Perth Scorchers) for the past couple of years. We knew he can get the job done. The way he operated against Bumrah was quite amazing. This knock will give him so much confidence going forward,” Handscomb said after the famous win on Sunday night.
He said that once Turner started hitting, everyone in the dressing room became superstitious. “That was awesome. No was moving around with all those superstitions coming into play. That’s incredible. To see him come in at international stage and play an innings of this kind is phenomenal.”
Handscomb termed the four-wicket victory against India as the “best match of his career”, something that will give them momentum ahead of World Cup in England. Handscomb hit his maiden ODI hundred and added 192 with Usman Khawaja to set up the platform for rookie Turner to launch a furious final assault....