Travis Head
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Australia star Travis Head has reacted to the recent reports stating that he might be the man to replace David Warner as Australia’s Test opener. Australia will have their task cut out replacing one of their most decorated Test openers of all time.

The veteran opener has already announced the upcoming three-match Test series against Pakistan will be his last. He is set to retire from Tests after the third game, which is scheduled to be played at his home ground in Sydney. As of now, there is little clarity over David Warner’s successor in the Australian Test team.

Several players are in contention to replace the southpaw as an opener. Matthew Renshaw, who recently scored a century against Pakistan in the warm-up game, Cameron Bancroft, and Marcus Harris have emerged as the frontrunners. Several reports also suggest that Travis Head could be an option too since he already has the experience of opening in the limited-overs cricket.

Travis Head on replacing David Warner in Tests:

Travis Head recently opened the innings alongside David Warner in the World Cup and played a key role in Australia’s triumphant campaign. He scored a sensational century in the final to help Australia beat hosts India and clinch a record-extending sixth World Cup. Earlier this year, he also replaced David Warner as an opener during Australia’s Test tour of India and impressed with his counter-attacking display.

However, despite their success as an opener in limited-overs cricket, Travis Head is in no mood to open the innings in red-ball cricket. Calling it a specialist job, the Australia star has ruled himself out of contention to replace David Warner.

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“[Selectors are] happy with me in the middle order,” he told reporters in Perth ahead of the first Test against Pakistan.

“I think [opening] it’s a specialist job. The guys that have been waiting to get into the team for a while deserve the first crack at it. But the conversations are ongoing with everyone…only one for me is [opening in] the subcontinent. I don’t see myself moving around too much in the future,” added Travis Head.

The first Test between Australia and Pakistan is scheduled to get underway on Thursday (December 14) in Perth.

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