Travis Head at the Australia A camp © Getty Images
Travis Head at the Australia A camp © Getty Images

Travis Head is part of both the one-day and four-day match Australia A squads for the upcoming tour of India. In fact, he has been appointed captain of the former — thanks to his now-renowned leadership skills as South Australian captain for three seasons. According to a cricket.com.au report, Head is now eyeing a Test spot in the absence of the suspended trio of Steven Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft.

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“In the past there has probably been small opportunities, probably not as many as there are now, but little gaps where if I did string a couple of scores together there would be an opportunity,” Head told cricket.com.au at the Australia A training camp at Brisbane today, ”but I wasn’t able to do that.

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“In the past, I’ve probably thought about it a little bit and tried too hard and probably overdone it. ”There’s opportunities there. It’s not something that I’m going to try and think about too much. I’ve probably done that when I was a little bit younger and didn’t quite crack it, and this is a good opportunity.

“I want to be in all three formats of the game, so I’ll be working hard to get as many runs as possible but not try to over-complicate it or think too much about it. I’m just trying to stay as relaxed as possible, and try and win games of cricket in India. That’s the main goal for me. I’m ready to go, so hopefully I can have a nice month over there and put some scores together.”

Head has earned a reputation of sorts in T20 cricket, his 4,385 runs coming at a strike rate of 137. However, his 68 First-Class matches have yielded 4,385 runs at 35.94 — not great even if one keeps in mind that Sheffield Shield does not yield high batting averages.

Head also talked about his experience in England this summer with Australia, when he had a chance to interact with Australian captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer: “Not really conversations, but just watching and being around the group in the one-day series.

“It was nice to sit back and watch that, and learn from that. I’ve obviously always watched different leaders and different guys, and how they go about things. I keep learning — I’m still young — and keep developing that skill, and keep asking a lot of questions of the senior guys.”

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