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India vs Australia: Travis Head keen to play another winning knock

Australia cricket team batsman Travis Head wants to make a match-winning contribution in the final Twenty20 against India on Friday and stay in contention for a possible spot in the Ashes squad.

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 12, 2017 18:47 IST
Abhishek Paul
Abhishek Paul
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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Travis Head will hold the key to Australia’s chances in the third and the final T20I against India in Hyderabad. (BCCI )

Australia’s series-levelling win against India in the Guwahati T20I was dominated by one name – pacer Jason Behrendorff. His 4/21 stood out among other performances by the visiting team. One such was Travis Head’s unbeaten 109-run stand with Moises Henriques that saw the Aussies chase down a 119-run target with ease.

The middle-order batsman hoped to guide Australia to a series-clinching victory in the final T20I in Hyderabad on Friday.

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“It was nice to be in a winning partnership. As batters you want to be there and win games for Australia. With the series on the line, hopefully someone can do that again. Hopefully, it’s me again or Moises,” he said on Thursday.

“If the bowlers can do what they did and get us in the game like they have all series it would be fantastic.”

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Making it count

Head, who got some starts in the ODI series, finally fired with a 34-ball 48 not out in the second T20I, batting at No 4.

“I’ve been able to get some starts throughout the tour and not go on I guess. I had some pretty poor execution on some of the dismissals. That’s probably been the most disappointing part,” he said.

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“Just some little things I haven’t been doing is what I’ve really focused on in the last few training sessions. It was nice those things worked last game and I was able to come out of the tour with some success, and hopefully again tomorrow night. To get some runs the other night was nice; it’s been a tough tour.”

Staying calm under pressure has helped the batsman. “I’ve got back to just some stuff I did at home. Some drill work I know just to slow things down and move into good positions. I don’t think I was doing that in the one-day tour at all,” he said.

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Head, 23, said he is eager to perform in India to get into contention for the Ashes squad.

“The selectors have been pretty open. They said folks who are in form and are getting runs (will be picked for Ashes). I knew coming here if I got runs I would sort of move a bit closer to that or at least put my hand up.”

The South Australia player has played 30 ODIs and nine T20Is, but is yet to play a Test.

First Published: Oct 12, 2017 18:40 IST