Former Australia captain Ian Chappell says Travis Head is yet to show “he is good enough” to play Test cricket after another disappointing showing.
Head fell for 17 after swiping at the ball off India’s Mohammed Siraj and was heavily criticised for throwing his wicket away.
Joe Burns may be the one under the most pressure, but it does not hide the fact that Head also needs to lift given his spot in the Boxing Day side was questioned following poor previous outings.
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Chappell says he has not done enough to warrant further selection.
“He hasn’t convinced me at any point that he is good enough for Test cricket,” he told Wide World of Sports.
“The thing that I’d say about Travis Head is, as a top order batsman, you can’t be vulnerable in so many ways.
“If I’m looking at him as an opponent, I’m thinking there are quite a few ways we can get this guy out.
“He was almost out first ball against the short delivery, he’s got a problem with that, he’s got a problem with nicking into the slips, he has trouble with the spinners, I can see ways there that an off-spinner like Ashwin would be confident in getting him out.
“As a top order batsman, you can’t be vulnerable in that many areas.”
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Head scored just seven in the first Test and was heavily scrutinised at the time, with his spot in jeopardy.
At the time Nathan Lyon leapt to his defence, claiming that all of the team had confidence in Head to turn his form around.
“Obviously there’s close connection there with Travis and myself. Travis has got my support and everyone else’s support in that changeroom,” he said.
“I know he didn’t have the Adelaide match that he wanted or had planned for – but I’ve got no doubt he will come out on Boxing Day and have a great Test match.”
Unfortunately for him that is yet to happen and Chappell has called for a young gun to retain his spot with Head out of the mix.
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“I think Green deserves another opportunity, but I’m not convinced Head is a Test match player,” he said.
“That’s not just on the evidence of this series, but what I’ve seen overall.”
Probably time Travis Head’s spot in the team receives a fair bit more discussion. #AUSvsIND
— Daniel Garb (@DanielGarb) December 28, 2020
Travis Head is very fortunate that the attention on Joe Burns is so intense. Never seems to be under any scrutiny. Should be #AUSvsIND
— Martin Pakula (@MartinPakulaMP) December 28, 2020
The Boxing Day Test was good for Travis Head last year, not so much this time.
Australia’s batting problems mounting up.#AUSvIND
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) December 28, 2020