Australia middle-order batsman Travis Head has said that he will look to test himself against an ‘unbelievable’ Indian bowling unit in the upcoming practice games in order to get into the groove and set the ball rolling for the forthcoming four-match series.
The highly-anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy is all set to kickstart with the Pink ball Test at the Adelaide Oval from December 17 but before that two three-day practice games between Australia A and India A will consist of Indian test specialists.
The first practice game will be a red-ball affair and will take place between December 06-08. Head, who featured in the last Test series between the two countries, lauded the relentless nature of the Indian fast bowling unit and he is looking forward to testing himself again ahead of the marquee series. Head will be the leading the Australia A side which will also feature Test captain Tim Paine.
“Nice to have some memories and stuff from that series, but (they are) an unbelievable bowling attack and been well supported throughout the whole attack. You get through the new ball and someone like (Mohammed) Shami comes on and he’s just so relentless on his length. There was just no rest that, you had to be on for every bowler,” Travis Head said in a virtual press-conference as quoted by PTI.
“That is expected of Test cricket but that was my first real look at a quality attack like that. Those next spells are as strong as their first so you have to be on 100% of the time. Looking forward to that test again, again we have that chance.” he added.
‘These are really important couple of games for us’- Travis Head
Head admitted that the upcoming two practice games are really important for the hosts as they would be looking to put their best foot forward and put the Indians under pressure.
”It is a great opportunity with the red ball, the way we start that campaign in the same manner and we have three strong days and, I know the boys are really keen to start that three days and get leading into that test series,” he said.
“(These are) really important couple of games for us, not just as Australian A squad but as Australian squad and we want to play our best foot forward and start putting the Indian guys under pressure.” Head added.
Travis Head, who scored 237 runs in four Tests with a couple of half-centuries in the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy said that Australia A squad has been really strong over the past 18 months and that has led to the national side being more potent.
He also said that he is looking forward to honing his leadership skills in the upcoming fixture.
“But again, like I said earlier the squad that has come together, (it) is a great squad and over the 12-18 months, its been a strong Australia A team, which in-turn make a strong Australian team, guys are fighting for positions and guys have had great season. Really looking forward to play with different guys and how different guys operate and working with them to hopefully have really good three days.”
Australia A squad for the three-day practice match against India A
Joe Burns, Will Pucovski, Marcus Harrus, Travis Head (c), Cameron Green, Nic Maddinson, Tim Paine, Michael Nesser, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Mark Steketee, Harry Conway, Will Sutherland.