Facing Whitewash danger, Australia call Travis Head to rescue ODI against England

England are up 3-0 against Australia in ODI series
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With the series already out of their hands and a whitewash on the horizon, the Australian team is looking to reshuffle their team before the 4th ODI against England in Adelaide.

Travis Head, who scored just 5 and 7 runs in the 1st and 2nd ODI respectively, was dropped for the 3rd ODI. However, the omission will be short-lasting as the South Australian captain will be back in national colours for the 4th ODI, due to the unavailability of Aaron Finch, who has sustained a slight hamstring twitch.

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Along with Travis Head, Australians have also recalled Glenn Maxwell but the mercurial power hitter is expected to be the 12th man in the 4th ODI. On the other hand, Travis Head will be looking to do well so that he can cement his place in the Australian XI.

The 24-year-old had smashed a brilliant hundred in Adelaide about a year back against Pakistan. Travis Head and David Warner had combined in that match to create a record-breaking opening partnership of 284.

Following that innings against Pakistan, Travis Head was expected to make his place in the Australian ODI line-up permanent, while also making his presence felt in the longest format of the game. But after one year down the line, Travis Head still finds himself without a test debut, and is at best a fringe player for the Aussies in the short formats.

Speaking about his chances in the 4th ODI and his magical innings one year back, Travis Head said as reported by Cricbuzz,

“It was a special day to play my first one-day fixture in Adelaide and then to get some runs. Hopefully, that opportunity comes, I’m not quite sure yet. If I get my opportunity tomorrow hopefully I can do the same (as last year). It’s a beautiful batting wicket and plenty of runs out there.”

Head believes that batting high will be perfect for him but he can shuffle around in the batting order depending on the need for the team.

“I feel like I have been playing well in the Big Bash but I have been disappointed in the way I have started in this series,” he said. “I’m happy to bat wherever … as high as I can bat is nice, I think everyone in world cricket would say the same thing in white-ball cricket – bat as high as they possibly can. But I’m just happy to get my opportunity again after a pretty disappointing first two games.”

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The final ODI between Australia and England will take place at the Perth Stadium in Perth on 28 January.


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