Despite averaging more than 45 in Test cricket, Australia’s Travis Head has yet to prove himself on subcontinent pitches. The cricketer failed miserably against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2022, scoring only 26 runs in the seven innings he played against the two teams.
With the inclusion of Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw in the 18-man squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Head will be under intense pressure to perform well in order to play in all of the matches. He is still determined to succeed and has stated that he will not change his technique, but rather will try to be more positive in order to perform well in the away series.
“I feel like not much needs to change (with my technique). I think maybe I need to be a little bit more positive when I’m at the crease because I’m definitely at my best when I’m more positive. It’s been such a small sample size for me in Asia,” Head said as quoted by news.com.au.
With the Australians having not played a single practice match prior to the much-anticipated series, the cricketers will struggle to adjust. Head, on the other hand, is confident that he can turn things around after a strong performance against Pakistan in the white-ball series.
“I’m only a couple of hits away from turning it around” – Travis Head
He stated that he was working on a few things for Test cricket in India and that he was using the practice sessions well enough to make the squad.
“I have been working on a few things (for India) which have worked for me well in the white-ball format. That’s given me a lot of confidence to go out and play the way that I want to play.”
“Hopefully, I can translate that into a bit of red-ball (cricket) and I believe I’m only a couple of hits away from turning it around. We’ve got seven or eight days when we get to India to prepare (for the first Test) and crack into it,” Head added.
Australia squad vs India: Pat Cummins (captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitch Swepson, David Warner