Travis Head: It’s a boyhood dream to play Test cricket for Australia
By Sandy - Oct 5, 2018 11:29 pm
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After a brilliant unbeaten 90-run knock against Pakistan A in the recent warm-up game at ICCA Dubai, the 24-year-old Australian cricketer Travis Head is knocking the door to make his Test debut in the upcoming Test series against Pakistan in UAE, starting from October 7. The left-handed batsman is feeling confident to achieve his boyhood dream to play Test cricket for Australia.

Travis Head

Head already made his international cricket debut in 2016 and has played 39 ODIs and 16 T20Is, but he is waiting for the Test debut.

On Friday, Head said, “It’s a boyhood dream to play (Test cricket) for Australia. We’ve had a couple of guys do it in the last couple of years. They’ve only had limited opportunities but it’s still (an achievement).

“It’s an amazing time to be around and an amazing experience. To join that group is nice. Fingers crossed it happens.

“We’ve got a couple of days to go, I guess. I feel in really good condition at the minute. I’m playing really well. I feel fit and ready to go. Really nice in the tour game to be able to contribute to the score. It’s nice to have the confidence from the coach and the selectors.

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“Once that team’s picked, I’m just making sure I’m really relaxed and calm, and continue to do the stuff I’ve been doing really well over the last couple of months. I feel like I’m batting really well, I feel like I bowling really well, and can contribute to Australia.

“It’s a weird feeling knowing that I’m really ready to go and I’m trying not to think about it too much.”

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Head feels he has not much difference in the batting style between white and red ball. He is continuously working to improve his game, especially against the spinners.

Travis Head

Head said on this, “I think, for me, I don’t really have much difference between white and red ball. The shift for me is just being able to do it for longer periods of time. I naturally haven’t changed the way I play between all formats, I’ve been quite aggressive and quite positive. The shift is being a little older and realising if I spend time out in the middle and bat for longer periods of time, I’ll be able to score runs. That’s been the major shift and the forward defence.

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“It’s been really consistent in my game and it’s meant I’ve been able to spend time out in the middle. Continuing to work on my game against spin. I have had the opportunity in India a few times. It’s starting to spin a bit and I’m just working really had. It’s nice to find that consistency in my game. I can continue to get better.”