# Problem with syntax getting array elements

Given

my @x = qw(a b c);
print "\$x[2]\n";
(\$a, \$b) = @x[1,2];
print "\$a \$b\n";

Gives me

c
b c

But

my %h;
\$h{a} = [1,2,3];
print \$h{a}[2]."\n";
my (\$a, \$b) = \$h{a}[1,2];
print "\$a \$b\n";

Gives

3
Use of uninitialized value \$b in concatenation (.) or string
3

I have tried all sorts of brackets braces etc. in various combinations
but I cannot get the anonymous array contained in the hash to work
like the first example. What silly thing am I missing?

TIA
--
Regards
Dave Saville
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