Travis Head is adamant he can take his good batting kind throughout the residence Take a look at summer time to India amid recommendations he may very well be used as an opener to handle his bizarre file within the subcontinent.
The choice of Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw within the 18-man squad has put strain on the incumbent batters to carry out, and whereas Head has starred throughout back-to-back residence summers, he has struggled on street.
Head, who took his Take a look at common to over 45 with greater than 500 runs towards the West Indies and South Africa, managed a excessive rating of simply 26 in seven innings in Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2022.
Within the two Take a look at towards Sri Lanka in Galle, he made a complete of 23 runs, his greatest efforts coming with the ball after taking 4-10 to spin Australia to victory within the first match.
His struggles towards spin promoted recommendations Head may very well be moved to the highest of the batting order to reap the benefits of his attacking talents and go away him much less uncovered to spin towards an older ball.
However the South Australian, who made his fifth Take a look at hundred with an imperious 175 towards the West Indies in Adelaide, was assured the work he’d carried out, and his positivity, had him well-placed to carry out in India.
“I really feel like not a lot wants to alter (with my approach),” Head mentioned.
“I feel possibly I should be a bit bit extra optimistic once I’m on the crease as a result of I’m undoubtedly at my greatest once I’m extra optimistic.
“It’s been such a small pattern measurement for me in Asia.”
Australian choice chief George Bailey singled out Victorian captain Peter Handscomb, who was included within the squad pending a scan after injuring himself in membership cricket, as confirmed within the subcontinent, and he might rival Head for a spot throughout the four-match sequence.
“Peter Handscomb deserves his place again within the squad,” Bailey mentioned. “
“His home kind has been robust lately and Pete has confirmed he can carry out at Take a look at stage.
“His expertise towards spin on the subcontinent is effective.”
Australia received’t play any warm-up matches in India, with Head as a substitute returning to the Massive Bash to play out the season with the Adelaide Strikers.
He mentioned his confirmed white-ball kind within the subcontinent, with a century in Pakistan, was a part of his methodology to get runs in Take a look at cricket there too.
“I’ve been engaged on a couple of issues (for India) which have labored for me nicely within the white-ball format,” he informed SEN.
“That’s given me lots of confidence to exit and play the way in which that I wish to play.”
“Hopefully, I can translate that right into a little bit of red-ball (cricket) and I consider I’m solely a few hits away from turning it round.
“We’ve acquired seven or eight days once we get to India to arrange (for the primary Take a look at) and crack into it.”
Head will be a part of Take a look at wicketkeeper Alex Carey in a return to the Strikers on Saturday.