Travis Head hopeful of Test debut against Pakistan in UAE
Travis Head has crossed 600 runs in each of the last three Sheffield Shield seasons. @Getty

Australian batsman Travis Head is targeting a Test debut during the two-match series against Pakistan in October, confident of his skills over the past few domestic seasons with South Australia.

Speaking to reporters in Adelaide on Friday, the 24-year-old reflected on his success in the Sheffield Shield as a benchmark of how the national selectors judge him.

“Over the last three or four years in Shield cricket I’ve been able to put a few consistent seasons together on the board which is nice,” said Head, who has played 39 ODIs and 16 T20Is. “I think over the process of a few years I have come a bit more relaxed and especially over the last six months I have worked extremely hard on my game and the technical side of my game. I have spoken about my forward defence and that comes with more maturity. I just got a bit older and a bit (more) relaxed, so I am ready to go.”

Adding to Head’s value in the UAE is the fact that he offers Tim Paine a handy off spinning option. Twelve ODI wickets for Australia and 34 in the first-class format underline his skill, and Head said it was a craft he had honed with plenty of diligence.

“It’s something that I have worked hard on, although I didn’t get the results in India (with Australia A) that I would have liked,” Head said. “I don’t think it really reflected how well I was bowling at training, so hopefully I get a bit of an opportunity.”

The selectors have not named a deputy to Paine for the Test format, and with leadership experience at domestic level and with Australia A, Head was aware of the nature of the job.

“There is a lot of talk about that (vice-captain) role, but (I hope) I can help the team in any way, whether that be with leadership or with my batting, bowling, fielding, training, standards or values,” he said. “Everyone in that team is a leader. It is a great bunch of individuals and a great bunch of guys that work extremely hard at their craft and what they do. It’s not going to take just “Painey” (captain Tim Paine) and just “JL” (coach Justin Langer).  “It’s going to take a collective group over the series and over a period of time to get to where we want to get to.”