Australian coach Justin Langer has always preached that those wanting to get in the team must “bang the door down”.
Well, axed star Travis Head has done just that.
Having raced to 189* on day one of South Australia’s Sheffield Shield clash against Western Australia on Thursday, the dashing left-hander continued on his merry way early on day two.
The 27-year-old, who was dropped from Langer’s side following the Boxing Day Test, brought up his double century with back to back boundaries through the third-man region off left-arm seamer Liam Guthrie.
On reaching his maiden double century, Head kissed his red helmet and raised his bat on a number of occasions to the pavilion. His milestone coming from just 214 deliveries.
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Travis Head brings up 200!
The South Australian captain came to the crease at 2-66 and puts on 186 for the third-wicket alongside opener, Henry Hunt, who made 109 before he was dismissed by Australian all-rounder Cameron Green.
Head was eventually dismissed for 223 off the bowling of Cameron Gannon.
Australian short-form wicket-keeper Alex Carey made 24 before he was caught by Green.
But all eyes, including Langer’s, were on Head who was dropped after failing to convert starts into meaningful scores.
Head goes HUGE in Shield return
Head had been earmarked as Tim Paine’s successor as Australian captain, but was sent back to domestic cricket to tighten up his technique after, again, waving his bat loosely on the off-side throughout the Test summer and being caught behind.
The 27-year-old’s average remains respectable enough — 39.75 from 19 Tests — and he scored a century in Melbourne only four Tests ago (Boxing Day, 2019), but selectors had had enough with his inability to go on with it.
And following scores of 7, 37 and 17, Head was dropped for the final two Tests against India, with selectors instead opting to push 34-year-old Matthew Wade down the order after temporarily filling in to open whilst David Warner was sidelined.
Stoinis backs Aussie resurgence
Meanwhile, beanpole quick Harry Conway outshone his international teammates as NSW bowled Victoria out for 190 at Bankstown Oval in Sydney’s west.
After being introduced as the third change bowler, Conway took 6-39.
Australian quick Pat Cummins took 1-49, while spinner Nathan Lyon went wicket-less in his eight overs.
In response, the Blues have a 94-run first-innings lead late on day two thanks to a 219-run stand between Moises Henriques (141) and wicket-keeper Phil Nevill (74).
Test quick James Pattinson has 2-43 off 21 overs, including the wicket of Kurtis Patterson who was bowled around his legs.
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