Former Australia pacer, Jason Gillespie is utterly disappointed by the dropping of Travis Head for the third Test against India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series. Tim Paine, after winning the toss in Sydney on Day 1 elected to bat and announced that Will Pucovski will make his debut replacing Travis Head.
This has made many, including Travis Head’s state and BBL coach Jason Gillespie, question the selectors over their plans regarding the left-hander and Australian cricket going forward. Until a few months ago, Head was the vice-captain of the Australian Test team and was considered to be the man to lead his country in the future – indeed he led Australia A side against India in a warm-up match in spite of the presence of Tim Paine in the same team.
However, Head, who averages 39.75 after the second Test against India, was dropped as youngsters, Will Pucovski and Cameron Green took the field in Sydney. Gillespie is furious with that decision and points out that even the legendary Mark Waugh averaged 41 in his career.
“I just feel he always seems to be the one that’s questioned. That’s a frustration. He’s averaging 40 in Test cricket after 19 Test matches. Mark Waugh played 127 games and averaged 41. Why is Travis under such scrutiny? I find it staggering,” Jason Gillespie told the Herald and The Age.
Jason Gillespie questions the inclusion of Matthew Wade over Travis Head
The 45-year-old opines that Matthew Wade should have been dropped to accommodate Pucovski. Wade, who was the make-shift opener in the first two Test in absence of David Warner moves back in the middle-0rder. While Wade’s career average is less than that of Head’s, however, since his return to the Test side in the 2019 Ashes, Wade has a better average and scored more tons than Travis Head.
Even on the current form, Wade was brilliant in the second Test, which Australia lost. He bunted out the new ball: attacking in the first innings and biding out time in the second innings; while Head has got out by poking at deliveries well outside the off-stump. However, the former Aussie pacer continues to remain perplexed at the axing of the 27-year-old Travis Head.
“I’m disappointed for Trav. I don’t think he deserved to make way. We know what an exciting young player Will Pucovski is. What specifically was it that has Wade in ahead of Head? That would be my question,” Jason Gillespie added.
“If we’re going on cold hard numbers, Head plays ahead of Wade, simple. Travis Head only a couple of Tests ago was vice-captain. What’s happened? I just can’t get my head around it, “ Jason Gillespie said shockingly.