Australia National Cricket Team head coach Andrew McDonald has said that the 28-year-old batter Travis Head must bide his time before he can get a permanent place in Australia’s ODI team.
Head, who won the Player of the Series award in Australia’s Ashes 2021-22 victory against England, got the opportunity to open the innings with Aaron Finch in the ODI series against Pakistan after David Warner had decided to skip the series earlier this year.
Head did a brilliant job with the bat and ended up being Australia’s second-highest run-scorer and he also smashed a century and a fifty in three innings.
However, David Warner has returned to the side for the forthcoming five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which will begin on June 14. The five-match ODI series will be played entirely in Pallekele and Colombo.
We’re not saying that he won’t play any part in the ODI series – Andrew McDonald on Travis Head
Australia head coach McDonald said that the veteran opener Warner has returned to the squad and he will be taking back his opening spot and Head, who recently smashed a hundred for Australia A in Sri Lanka, will have to wait for his turn.
“He just has to bide his time at the moment. We see it as an opportunity for him to get some really good match opportunities within that A Game building into the test series. That’s equally important as well, his exposure to the sub-continent conditions,” McDonald told reporters on Sunday.
“We’re not saying that he won’t play any part in the ODI series. He got an opportunity in Pakistan and took that with some brilliant ball-striking, which was seen by all. Davey (Warner) comes back into that spot, obviously Steve Smith comes back in as well, so there’s two big inclusions. He is pushing hard for selection,” he added.
All-rounder Cameron Green, who scored a century for Australia A last week, will not be available to bowl in the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka as a cautious approach is taken with his workload, confirmed the head coach.
“He’s just a fraction behind where we’d like him to be so we’ll probably go on the conservative side there. But the three games back in Colombo, we feel as though he’ll be well-positioned to fill his full capabilities as an all-rounder,” McDonald said.
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