Another Head masterclass

Travis Head MOTM - Aust vs West Indies 2024

On an unusual Adelaide Test wicket where no other players made more than 50, Travis Head’s brilliant century was the standout batting performance of the clash with the West Indies.

While the visitors batting stocks are modest at best, their bowling attack is first class and has some venom, with the majority of the Australian top order struggling.

Head, as he has done on other key occasions in 2023, bucked the trend.

He arrived at the crease when the returning protégée Cameron Green was dismissed, with the score at 3/67.

“Being at five, if we’re flying and on heaps then probably my role is a bit different. I’m a bit more aggressive and take it on,” Head said.

“When we’re in the positions that we are in trouble I’ve got to bat a bit longer.

“I felt the short-ball ploy got me going and got me into the innings. I’ve been keen to get into the game.”

In control from the outset, Head dispatched the bowlers to all points of the ground.

His six into the Bodyline bar at the Sir Edwin Smith stand when he was 20, was one of the biggest hits seen at the venue in recent times.

Before tea he brought up his seventh test century, second in a row on Adelaide Oval against the West Indies and was final dismissed before tea hitting out on 119.

In a match where no other player looking settled at the crease, Head faced 134 deliveries, dispatched 12 boundaries and hit three big sixes and had a brilliant strike rate 88.81 runs per hundred balls faced.

Head also became only the third South Australia born and based test cricket to pass the 3000 test runs landmark during this innings.

This Croweater alumni are Clem Hill and Ian Chappell.

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