Travis Head optimistic of making it to Australia’s World Cup squad
He also stressed however that playing the World Cup is not the end of the world.
Updated - Feb 18, 2019 1:48 pm
Australian batsman Travis Head made his limited-overs debut much earlier than in the longer format but of late, he has turned out to be a more prominent scorer in red-ball cricket. The 25-year-old South Australia player last played in the ODIs in the home series against South Africa last November and did not feature in the ODIs against India. He has also been ignored for the upcoming twin away limited-over series against India.
Head is yet optimistic of making it to Australia’s squad for the ICC World Cup to be held in England and Wales from May 30 onwards. The batsman who also bowls off-break recently slammed runs in all three Test innings he played against Sri Lanka (84, 161, 59 not out) and is confident that his recent touch will help him secure a berth for the World Cup – his first one.
Head has not been considered for ODIs since his failure against SA
Head had hit three back-to-back fifties in the five-game series against England last year even though the Kangaroos were trounced 5-0, he managed 1, 8 and 6 in the three games that he played in the South Africa series. He also hit a couple of fifties in the four-Test series against India in December-January.
“There’s still a divide to whether I can potentially be in that (World Cup) team. For me, there’s no resting or stepping away from my main focus which is wanting to play all three formats for Australia,” Head was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
“At the minute, the one-day team is presently playing a good brand of cricket but I’m close to that. I know what I’m improving in my game and what I’m getting better at, so I will continue to do that. If it comes to the World Cup, and I find myself in the one-day team, I know I can contribute.”
He also stressed however that playing the World Cup is not the end of the world. He eyes consistency in all formats with Australia in the quest to regain their days of cricketing glory. Head, who has scored 1,273 runs in 42 games in one-day cricket at an average of 34-plus with one hundred and 10 fifties, said he has no red-ball and white-ball focus and eyes playing all the three formats.
“I am not worried too much about England. I’m worried about the Shield games, and I’m worried about the first game. Very cliched but the Ashes is a long way away.”