India vs Australia: Travis Head declares Steve Smith & Co. not one-man army
Travis Head, Australian cricket team’s batting allrounder, said they are not depending on just one player to cope with a strong Indian line-up in the ODI series set to begin on Sunday.
The team is a mixture of experience and youth, backed by a fairly good knowledge of the Indian conditions thanks to their IPL background. Head said they are banking on a few finishers if matches go down to the wire.
“We have got David (Warner) and Steve (Smith) who are in great touch. (Marcus) Stoinis batted really well and James Faulkner has done that before. We don’t rely on one person,” said Head after a long training session at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Thursday.
Confident after scoring 65 at No 4 in the warmup game against the Board President’s XI, Head is looking forward to making it count in the series. Australia coach David Saker has confirmed this week that Head would bat at No.4.
“I’m excited by it. Since I have come to the side, I feel confident. It was nice to get some time in the middle the other day,” said Head.
With the pitches expected to be batsman-friendly, Head acknowledged the responsibility of the middle order if they are asked to chase big totals. “Once it is set up from the opening batters, hopefully me and Glenn (Maxwell) can do it at the back-end of the innings. We complement each other in the side,” said Head.
Not just batting, both Head and Maxwell could be asked to fill in a few overs with their slow bowling and he said they were training accordingly. “I have been working hard on my bowling. We both bowl different styles. We are confident of each other’s styles.”
Saker has reportedly asked his players to improve their fielding after they spilled a few catches in their warm-up game on Tuesday. “Yeah fielding could win you or lose you a game. Australians pride themselves on their fielding and we have worked hard on that skill,” said Head.
Hilton Cartwright could be in contention to open the batting if regular opener Aaron Finch doesn’t recover from a calf niggle. According to cricket.com.au, Cartwright might open with Warner if Finch is ruled out as Head has already been given the go-ahead for the No.4 position.
According to the report, Finch aggravated his right calf during the training session on Thursday and pulled out of the rest of the session. He was rested from Tuesday’s warmup match due to this injury.