Travis Head to open for Australia in ICC CWC 2023 once he is fit: George Bailey
Travis Head set to join Australian camp in Delhi for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Australia have had a magnificent redemption after winning their previous two games in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Australia defeated Pakistan on Friday by 62 runs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. In other good news, Travis Head is set to join Australian camp in Delhi before their next league game against Netherlands. Travis Head missed the first few games of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 due to an injury sustained in his left hand in a 5-match ODI series against South Africa played last month.
Travis Head will be back as opener
Australian national chief selector George Bailey made a huge statement on Travis Head’s comeback. Bailey said that Travis Head will be making his return in Australian playing XI when he regains his full fitness. Head was designated as the opener along with David Warner in the 5-match ODI series against South Africa. Head got a fracture in the 2nd ODI game, and Mitchell Marsh was slated as the opener along with Warner in his absence.
Travis Head’s return will make Mitchell Marsh now slated down the order. Marsh has done a magnificent job as an opener, and he played a splendid knock against Pakistan and smashed his first ever World Cup century. Marsh and Warner added 259 runs for the first wicket against Pakistan in Bengaluru. He also scored a half-century against Sri Lanka at Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. Marsh will be seen coming down to number 3.
Magnificent record as opener
Australian national chief selector George Bailey said, “Clearly, he (Travis Head) comes in at the top. He has been a fantastic player there for us, and that is where he will slot in. And then we will just work out the playing XI, when it is, who we are playing, the surface, and what you might need.” Travis Head has magnificent stats to back himself as an opener in limited-overs cricket. Head has smashed all of his three ODI centuries as an opener for Australia.
In case Mitchell Marsh is slated back to number 3, Australia will be looking away from Marcus Stoinis in the playing XI. Stoinis is currently playing at the No. 6 position for the team. George Bailey also hinted that the all-rounder gives Australia flexibility in the playing XI. Stoinis contributed 21 runs with the bat and picked up two wickets to help Australia win the game by 62 runs against Pakistan in Bengaluru.