Michale Slater says Peter Handscomb should be dropped because he is “gone in the head”.It comes as the former Aussie Test opener exposed the naive logic selectors are reportedly using to axe the Victorian batsman in favour of re-called allrounder Mitchell Marsh.Slater on Tuesday said Handscomb has let public criticism of his unusual
technique eat away at him since the start of the Ashes series.The 26-year-old survived a key final hour of play while facing James Anderson under lights in Adelaide, but looked all over the place against the moving ball.His limited returns of 14, 36 and 12 have been highly publicised because of the awkwardness of his unique technique, leading to reports selectors are set to make the tough call to drop him for the Third Test in Perth, beginning Thursday.
With Australia looking to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, Paine is expecting England players to be on the receiving end of more verbals and Ben Duckett's
suspension for reportedly pouring a drink over James Anderson in a Perth bar could be on the agenda."What I do know is that both teams, despite what it may look like, have a huge amount of respect for each other. I'm sure this week will be another tough week of Test cricket."
Speaking ahead of the third Test in Perth on Thursday, Paine said: "I certainly haven't heard anything that's crossed the line since I've been out there, it might have
been between overs or I might have been down the other end, I'm not too sure, but there's been nothing that I've heard that's been too untoward or anything that's been particularly nasty, it's just been tough Test match cricket.
Totals of 302, 195, 227, and 233 don't win you Test matches. Those were the totals England racked up in the ongoing Ashes series, however, in spite of such low scores, England managed to dominate portions of the two Tests.
In the first Test, for a period of time, James Vince (83), Mark Stoneman (53) and Dawid Malan (56) dominated the Australian bowling. However, England collapsed from a strong position of 246-4 to 302 all out.