The Australian left-handed batsman Travis Head has been added to the Australian cricket squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka. He has received a late call as Australian board has already announced the squad last month and now they have added Travis Head who could not make the cut in the squad announced earlier. The head will soon be joining the team camp in Sri Lanka soon after the completion of third and final Test match. Currently, the Australian team is trailing in the Test series by a margin of 2-0.
Head has earlier represented the Australian team in One ODI and two T20I’s. he could just score a single run on his ODI debut against West Indies in the tri-series in which South Africa was the third participant. In the two T20I’s played against India, he has scored a total of 28 runs.
Head has been rewarded for his brilliant run with Yorkshire as a few days ago he played a miraculous innings of 175 runs against Leicestershire. He has two half centuries in last two matches played by him. A Truly number are in his favours and the board has decided to reward him for his good run.
“He’s not going to play. There’s no doubt about that, We see him as a really exciting young player for the future … give him as much experience around one, our Test group, and two, our one-day group as we possibly can.
“We’ve been impressed with him. That’s why he has come in a bit early. He’s a young player who has the attributes we think are quite important here. We want to give him as much experience because he’s a young guy who has had some success. He hasn’t had enough international exposure and we think it’s a really good time to do that, with an eye on the future as well.” The head coach of Australian cricket team till 2019 World Cup Darren Lehmann said.
The national selector too commented on late addition of Head and said “Travis is a long-term prospect for Australian cricket in all formats and we think he will benefit greatly from working in the conditions we have here in Sri Lanka,”
“He will arrive here a few days earlier than the other ODI players so he can take the opportunity to work with the Test team as they prepare for the third Test.”
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa