Travis Head says he already feels comfortable with Sri Lanka’s wickets after smashing his way to a second Australian tour big in their one-day six-wicket defeat in Colombo.
Head played a starring role in Australia’s 6-291 innings on Sunday, hitting an unbeaten 70 from 65 as he anchored the middle overs before exploding late.
The southpaw hit 53 in his last 35 balls, activating it in the final innings of Australia’s innings before Sri Lanka chased the target with ease.
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Nonetheless, the signs are good for Head ahead of the two-Test series which kicks off next Wednesday in Galle.
Although against the white ball, he also hit 110 in a warm-up match for Australia A against Sri Lanka A last week ahead of Sunday night’s races.
Australia’s ability to handle spinners will be crucial in the Tests, having been beaten 3-0 in Sri Lanka in 2016 and their hitters have gone just five over 50s in six innings.
“I’m playing well, I think there’s still a lot of work to do when we go into this format,” Head said.
“But I felt like in those last two games and in the Australia A games in Kandy, I played the spin very well.
“It’s tough wickets, there’s no doubt about it.
“There will be times when it doesn’t look the best and it’s going to be tough and we’ll get through it.”
Head doesn’t want to go into his shell on his first trip to the island nation, however.
The 28-year-old was the man in the series for Australia in the Ashes’ home win, batting at 86.02 while averaging 59.50.
“I feel like I’m sharp,” he said.
“We always have to be positive on the wickets, even in the Test series.
“You always find opportunities to score and put the pressure back on the bowler, so you can try to get as many balls as we can score as possible.”
Meanwhile, Head’s 70 came to bat at No. 6, having successfully opened their first ODIs in three years in Pakistan in March and April.
But he doesn’t see a situation where he acts as a mid-finisher for Australia at next year’s World Cup.
“I’m adaptable, but I don’t think that would be my role in the future,” Head said.
“My opportunity will probably present itself in a moment at the top of the order.
“The comments are that I have to bide my time… with two world class players (in David Warner and Aaron Finch) sitting there right now.”