Travis Head was in the middle of a rescue job with Peter Handscomb for Australia A when the squad of the senior team was announced for the test series against Pakistan next month. The news broke just as lunch was being eaten in Alur on the last day, and Head had to do everything possible to maintain his composure when he found out.
"I was focused on hitting and trying to get as many races as I could So I was at a hitting point [when] I got the good news It was hard to make sure I'm set to keep hitting and get the result we wanted today", He said.
could not build at its beginning and fell shortly after lunch for 47, but for the third time in four innings in this series, it had arrived early at n. 3 and rescued Australia A from a difficult situation.
that sense, it's been a perfect series for Head, who finished with 206 runs with an average of 51.20 and was the highest scorer for the Australians. It comes at the end of a long momentum for the selection of the Test, which had started with Sheffield Shield in 2017-18, where Head was the sixth best scorer. On the way, he captained the Adelaide Strikers for the title of the BBL, and endured a disappointing season with Worcerstershire, two fifties and not hundreds in 11 innings, with which he signed to play a full season in an attempt to increase his chances to win a title. Test selection.
But in the end everything went well for the southpaw, even if the big scores have been difficult to reach.
"It's been nice to have some consistency and be able to do it for a period of time, I feel like I'm playing very well, I've been hitting probably the best I've been."
"It would have been nice to get a hundred, but I hope that is to come. I feel like I'm in very good shape and it's just to keep doing that and not change anything; go there and keep working, keep learning and developing my craft and keep improving. "
Head was among a lot of new faces in the Australia Test squad that was announced with great clamor on Tuesday, particularly due to the selectors & # 39; decision to shut out Glenn Maxwell – it was Australia's first squad announcement since the Newlands ball-handling scandal and the void left by the three forbidden players meant that there were slots in play.
Head was chosen for having "improved his game" immensely in the last 12 months, "said Trevor Hohns, the president of the national team, adding that Head was the" type of player we want in this environment ".
"I'm ready for the challenge," said Head. Again, I really have not thought about this tour too much. It was simply about getting out doing what I really want to do, beating very well and having solid plans and doing it for a long period of time.
"I was able to do it for a day and for four, so I'm confident that I can do a job and act and win games for Australia, I'm really excited about that, I'm really looking forward to getting my phone, seeing a couple of messages from text and then make some calls at the airport, I'm sure [friends and family] they'll be really happy and excited, it's a good day to get home and relax and see everyone, and then go to Brisbane and get back to work "  Head is one of the nine players of the Australian A team that will head to Brisbane from Bengaluru, before the team goes flying for a two-game series against Pakistan. Under Mitchell Marsh, Australia A had done so impressively in a victory coming from behind in the first unofficial Test, and running India A close in the second before losing in dim light on the last day. The confidence of this series is something that could be put to good use in the UAE.
"Yes, today I'm a bit disappointed that I did not win the series," he said, "but I think that as a team we played something really good cricket, we came here in some difficult conditions and we were able to execute our plans and do it at a pretty good level, so as a team it has been a very good tour.
"We have something good about the momentum of the boys here who enter the UAE, so if we continue with our plans and continue to do so for a period of time, we will continue to do it better. "