Top-order ODI position is Head’s, now not tails

Sri Lanka take 2-1 sequence lead after report partnership

Travis Head endured his exceptional 50-over shape in a recent middle-order position however the left-hander has flatly insisted that place isn’t a long-term proposition.

Demoted to No.6 for Sunday’s 3rd ODI defeat towards Sri Lanka, Head held in combination the Australian innings as he scored an unbeaten 70 off 65 balls to fireplace the guests to a robust general which he mentioned they must have defended.

Since March remaining yr, the South Australian is averaging 66.63 in List A cricket with 4 masses in 22 innings. Opening in ODIs in Pakistan previous this yr, he bashed rankings of 101, 89 and nil.

But with Aaron Finch and David Warner returning to their opening roles in Sri Lanka, Head is resigned to biding his time for a top-order spot and recommended his middle-order position is transient.

“I feel my alternative will are available in a good whilst on the peak of the order,” he mentioned.

“That’s the comments I’ve were given and it is been neatly publicised that I’ve were given to stay up for my alternative with two world-class avid gamers on the peak.

“I’m adaptable however I do not believe that (batting at six) can be my position shifting ahead one day.”

With ODI regulars Marcus Stoinis and Steve Smith lacking with damage, Head discovered himself additional down with the returning Mitch Marsh taking the No.3 spot, a place the allrounder has thrived in for the T20 aspect.

By his personal admission, Head struggled for fluency at the beginning of his innings on Sunday after Australia’s peak 4 had been all disregarded in a while after their innings’ midway level.

He constructed a 72-run stand with Alex Carey and after taking a backseat to a Glenn Maxwell cameo, the 28-year-old then exploded to belt 3 sixes off the penultimate over of the innings and notice 33 runs come off the general 12 balls.

“Missing a few guys via that late-finishing position at six, it used to be simply a chance that comes,” mentioned Head.

“Mitch Marsh got here again into the aspect, that is a long-term position for him to bat 3 on this crew, you might want to have him again within the crew.

“Stoinis lacking opened that position for me so I’ve were given to take it anyplace I will are compatible in. I almost definitely did not get started as instant or in addition to I might have preferred however labored via it, labored the partnerships with ‘Kez’ and ‘Greeny’ (Carey and Cameron Green) and back-ended it.

“I felt like I performed a pleasant position… It’s simply great to get a job within the crew to play one-day cricket.”

Head is extra settled within the Test aspect however can be desperate to make stronger on his go back of 68 runs at 23 from 4 innings within the Tests towards Pakistan previous this yr when the two-Test marketing campaign towards Sri Lanka will get underway later this month.

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He used to be named participant of the Ashes sequence throughout the house summer season after making centuries in Brisbane and Hobart on fast-bowler pleasant surfaces.

Pitches in Galle will supply a special problem and Australia expect vital flip for his or her first red-ball video games at the island in six years.

“I’m enjoying neatly. I feel there may be nonetheless numerous paintings to proceed to do for after we move into that structure,” mentioned Head.

“But I felt like right here and in Kandy (for the second one ODI), I’ve performed spin slightly neatly. They’re difficult wickets, there is not any doubt about that.

“There’s going to be instances the place it seems does not glance the most efficient and it will be tricky and we (must) grind via that.

“I believe like I’m sharp, I believe like I’m shifting neatly.

“I feel we’ve got nonetheless were given to be certain at the wickets after we transfer into the Test sequence, and nonetheless to find alternatives to attain and put force again at the bowlers.”

Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka, 2022

June 7: Australia received first T20 via 10 wickets

June 8: Australia received 2nd T20 via 3 wickets

June 11: Sri Lanka received 3rd T20 via 4 wickets

Sri Lanka ODI squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Niroshan Dickwella, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Madushanka, Dunith Wellalage, Pramod Madushan

Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

June 14: Australia received via two wickets (DLS)

June 16: Sri Lanka received via 26 runs (DLS)

June 19: Sri Lanka received via six wickets

June 21: Fourth ODI, Colombo, 7pm AEST

June 24: Fifth ODI, Colombo, 7pm AEST

Sri Lanka Test squad (provisional): Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Mohamed Shiraz, Shiran Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lakshitha Rasanjana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suminda Lakshan

Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

June 29 – July 3: First Test, Galle, 2.30pm AEST

July 8-12: Second Test, Galle, 2.30pm AEST

All Sri Lanka v Australia world fixtures can be screened live to tell the tale Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports

Australia A fixtures

Australia A squad: Scott Boland, Aaron Hardie, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Henry Hunt, Josh Inglis, Matthew Kuhnemann, Nic Maddinson, Nathan McAndrew, Todd Murphy, Jimmy Peirson, Josh Philippe, Matt Renshaw, Tanveer Sangha, Mark Steketee

Sri Lanka A one-day squad: Dhananjaya de Silva (c), Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Udara, Lasith Croospulle, Oshada Fernando, Pabasara Waduge, Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Janitha Liyanage, Sahan Arachchi, Pulina Tharanga, Dunith Wellalage, Dananjaya Lakshan, Shiran Fernando (is not going to play because of damage), Dilshan Madushanka, Pramod Madushan, Nishan Madushka, Ashen Daniel,Nisala Tharaka

June 8: Australia A received via seven wickets

June 10: Sri Lanka A received via 4 wickets

June 14-17: Australia A received via 68 runs

June 21-24: four-day fit v Sri Lanka A, Hambantota

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