Handscomb suffered the injury while playing club cricket in Victoria on Tuesday night when he was hit while trying to play a pull shot. He continued to bat, but collapsed in pain three balls later after hitting another pull shot for a six.
Scans have since confirmed soft-tissue damage in his right hip. The officials are confident that Handscomb will be fit to travel with the Australian team to India later this month.
Starc will miss the first Test in Nagpur on February 9 and will then fly to India, while Green is expected to play in the first match of the series.
Handscomb’s best chance of a Test return is if he is fit for the first match and Green doesn’t recover in time.
Working in Handscomb’s favor is the fact that he is a right-handed batsman, and can break the line of left-handed batsmen in the middle order. He was recently included in Australia’s squad for the final Test against South Africa when Marcus Harris was released for the BBL.
National selector George Bailey said, “He deserves his place back in the team.” “His domestic form has been strong recently and Pete has proved he can perform at Test level. His experience against spin in the subcontinent is valuable and he is also an exceptionally good catcher from close to the wicket.” “