Hard-hitting batsman Travis Head is likely to get a spot in the first XI on his home pitch in Adelaide for the fourth ODI against England. Head is hopeful to restart the successful opening partnership with David Warner as well.
Head is set to be recalled into the Australian team after in-form opener Aaron Finch was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Glenn Maxwell was drafted in as Finch’s replacement but is not likely to make it to the first XI.
Head smashed his sole ODI hundred, as he partnered Warner in a record-breaking opening partnership of 284, exactly 12 months ago on Australia’s National Day against Pakistan. Since then Head had struggled and was left out after the second ODI.
However, Head is hopeful to cement his berth in an unsettle Australian batting line-up and replicate his heroics.
“It was a special day to play my first one-day fixture in Adelaide and then to get some runs. Hopefully, that opportunity comes, I’m not quite sure yet. If I get my opportunity tomorrow, hopefully, I can do the same (as last year). It’s a beautiful batting wicket and plenty of runs out there,” Head said earlier today.
The 24-year-old Head batted at No.4 in both the games but made just five and seven. Despite his failures, Head believed he was in good touch and had the flexibility to bat anywhere.
“I feel like I have been playing well in the Big Bash, but I have been disappointed in the way I have started in this series. I’m happy to bat wherever … as high as I can bat is nice; I think everyone in world cricket would say the same thing in white-ball cricket – bat as high as they possibly can.
But I’m just happy to get my opportunity again after a pretty disappointing first two games,” Head added further.
Australia had already lost the Gillette ODI series with two matches still to play. They will play their fourth game on January 26, which is also their National Day.
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