Travis Head confident of World Cup berth despite ODI snub
Travis Head was dropped from the ODI series against India. (AFP Image)

Travis Head, since making his international debut in 2016, has played 42 ODIs for Australia but finds himself struggling to find a permanent place in the team. Head was part of the bilateral series against South Africa before getting snubbed for the India series. But he made amends in the Test series against Sri Lanka, scoring 84 in Brisbane and a century (161) and an unbeaten fifty in Canberra.

But while he has shown that he is capable of playing the big knocks in Tests, Head is running out of time to solidify his case for a berth in Australia’s World Cup squad. After scoring three consecutive half-centuries during Australia’s 5-0 sweep of England last year, Head managed scores of 1, 8 and 6 against South Africa in November. With the confidence of Tests behind him, Head is making rapid strides and is confident of booking the flight to England in May.

“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 told 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.”

However, Head insisted that playing the World Cup is not the end of the world. With Australia trying to reclaim their glory days in world cricket, Head is looking forward to being a constant in all formats.

“I have not spoken to them (selectors) but I know what I have to do. There’s definitely no red-ball, white-ball focus for me. It’s about playing all three formats,” he said. “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.”

Travis Head looks upwards after getting to three figures.
Travis Head looks upwards after his maiden Test hundred this month. © AFP

Head understands that he had to make way for someone else following the disappointing series against South Africa, and even though Australia lost to India 1-2, there were promising signs.

“I thought the guys played really well against India and changed the way they went about it through that middle-order and hopefully they go to India and play really well too. Credit to them. I didn’t play well against South Africa and gave an opportunity to someone else. It’s disappointing from that aspect but again I’m in a good space, and I’m playing well and I know I can contribute if I get another opportunity. Just wait for that chance to come around,” he said.

Head scored 237 runs in the four-Test series against India, averaging 33.85 with two half-centuries. His 72 in the opening Test was a confident knock, followed by a 58 in Perth that helped Australia level the series. Unable to covert his starts in the remainder of the series, Head showed amazing temperament to notch up 304 runs in the two Tests against Sri Lanka.

“No different. I knew that India were going to be tough. I thought that if I could play well, and stay in the side, I’ll have an opportunity against Sri Lanka, and without ever thinking I was going to do what I was able to do,” added Head.

“But again, about security over my spot, I’m not sure. There’s a long time before the next Test match, so anything can happen in the Australian cricket team. There are so many players vying for the spots, so I think it’s great to finish the summer the way I did but I want to make sure that I’m in form and getting runs come August for the Ashes series.”