There was some pressure building on Australia’s middle-order batsman Travis Head because of his mundane performances in the recent past. However, Head was finally able to deliver the goods as he scored his second Test century in the ongoing Boxing Day Test match against New Zealand to help his team post 467 runs in the first innings after Kane Williamson won the toss.
Meanwhile, Head believes that he was trying to hurry whenever he reached the nervous nineties early on in his career. However, when the southpaw batsman got the opportunity to bring up his second Test ton, he decided to do to travel from 90 to 100 in singles and doubles.
Travis Head was at his best.
On the other hand, Australia’s captain Tim Paine was striking the ball cleanly as he scored 79 runs from 138 balls and scored runs at an impressive strike rate. Thus, Paine didn’t allow the pressure to build on his partner Head and the left-hander was able to buy more time.
Travis Head said after the day’s play, “I think it helped that Tim came out and struck the ball as well as he did. Definitely took a lot of pressure off me, I don’t think I changed the way I went about it, especially to [Neil] Wagner, Tim took him on and played exceptionally well and was very positive, plays the pull and hook shots extremely well. That was his game plan and at the other end left-hand/right-hand definitely helped with the momentum and putting pressure back on their bowlers. Exceptional day for Tim as well and he took a lot of pressure off me in the partnership.”
Head and Paine added 150 runs for the sixth wicket alliance to help Australia post a par score of 467 in the first innings. The hosts further strengthen their position as they took the wickets of Tom Blundell and skipper Kane Williamson before the end of the second day’s play. Australia has put themselves in command courtesy Travis Head century. New Zealand will resume third day’s play at 44-2.