Australia’s previous two ODI assignments have been extremely successful and fans have witnessed an aggressive brand of cricket from the current world champions. The test side may be faltering big time in alien conditions, but the ODI side has given all avid supporters of the team enough reasons to be pleased. The tri-series in the Caribbean and the subsequent five-match series in South Africa were major successes for the Kangaroos.
A young individual who showed glimpses of his talent in both the assignments was South Australian batsman Travis Head. Head, who was preferred over the experienced Glenn Maxwell in Sri Lanka, was impressive in his few innings and the Australian selectors have backed him by retaining him for the upcoming 5 match ODI series in South Africa. In an interaction with the media, Head admitted that he was eager to make all his chances count.
“Probably the hardest thing is to stay in the side,” Head said. “Once you get in there, there’s a mountain of guys sitting on the sidelines that are class players and getting a lot of runs and putting pressure on you. “There’s always nerves and what-not being the young guy in the side and playing for Australia, it’s a dream to do it. I’m just loving it at the minute. “The more pressure will come once you try to stay in the side with guys breathing down your neck at the early stage you don’t quite feel that, you’re just going out and trying to express yourself.”
Head mentioned that all his current focus was to do well in South Africa. “I am probably a little bit off still,” Head said. “I have got to get a lot of runs. I think the Test side that was in Sri Lanka, they all average 50, they have got a lot of runs under their belt and a lot of experienced players in that side. “So for me it’s just about doing what I can do well – get runs, be consistent. To play Test cricket, it’s the goal. But a lot of hard work still needs to happen,” the southpaw said.