Handscomb needs scans before Test lifeline

Peter Handscomb has told Australian officials he is confident he will overcome a hip injury in time for India after his Test lifeline was thrown into doubt while playing club cricket.

Handscomb was hit attempting to play a pull shot in the Victorian Super Slam on Tuesday night, before collapsing as he hit a six from a similar shot three balls later.

The timing could not have been worse for the 31-year-old, given he had already been told he would be named in his first Australian squad in four years on Wednesday morning.

Handscomb retired hurt after hitting the six, with officials now believing he may have suffered a soft-tissue injury as he reacted to the initial pain of the contact.

He will get scans on Thursday morning, but has told Australia's support staff that he is confident there is no major issue.

"He's confident it's nothing too serious," chief selector George Bailey said.

"A bit of a mishap ... W'ell get the scan tomorrow.

"There's still quite a bit of time between now and when we depart and then even when the first Test is. We'll work through that as we get more information."

Any injury would be a brutal blow to Handscomb who has not played for Australia since January 2019.

A star of the future when he averaged 99.75 through his first four Tests in 2016-17, Handscomb was dropped twice during the 2018-19 summer.

During that time he has regularly insisted his Test career should not be considered over, as he argued he was far from his prime as a batsman.

Handscomb has since scored 571 runs at an average of 81.57 in this summer's Sheffield Shield, as he mounted his case for selection.

"He deserves his place back in the squad," Bailey said.

"His domestic form has been strong recently and Pete has proven he can perform at Test level.

"His experience against spin on the subcontinent is valuable and he is also an exceptionally good close-to-the-wicket catcher."

The 31-year-old could come into calculations for the first Test in Nagpur on February 9 to bat at No.6 if Cameron Green does not recover from a broken finger.

Matthew Renshaw earned that spot at the SCG last week, but Australia's desire to break up a run of left-handers in the middle order could aid Handscomb's course.

The main concern would be that David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head and Alex Carey already make for four left-handers in Australia's top seven, with India's offspinners to turn the ball away from them.

Otherwise, Handscomb may have to wait for another injury or to see if selectors stick with Head throughout the series.

The swashbuckling South Australian had a brilliant home summer, but struggled for runs on last year's two tours of the subcontinent in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.