Sun. Oct 17th, 2021

Travis Head blew up a rapid fire 100 to South Australia in Adelaide (Photo by James Elsby / Getty Images)
Travis Head blew up a rapid fire 100 to South Australia in Adelaide (Photo by James Elsby / Getty Images)

Test-minded Travis Head has put a serious ash marker from the start of the season with a fantastic double century for South Australia as he set his team on course to end a 20-month winning drought.

The Redbacks captain, who was dropped from the Australian Test team last summer, began his campaign for a baggy green return in style last month, knocking out 163 in his lone Sheffield Shield innings.

Country coach and voter Justin Langer was quick to get in touch with Head after that monster effort.

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But after a break of more than two weeks when Cricket Australia was forced to make changes to the domestic schedule due to ongoing boundary restrictions, Head went even better.

Head became the first Australian to score two one-day doubles when he monstered the Queensland bowlers at Karen Rolton Oval, after making 202 in 2015 against Western Australia.

The left-hander was at his warlike best as he ran to a 38-ball half-century in combat one day against before bringing his ninth List A-century with a six, just 65 balls with a six.

However, he was not even close to finishing, and really got the motorcycle after bringing his 150 off 91 balls with a four.

A rainstorm was the only hope for the Queenslanders, but when the sky cleared, Head continued his happy path.

He reached 200 of just 114 balls with 25 fours and seven sixes in his amazing run.

The 27-year-old’s blistering innings unfortunately came to an end at 230, which also represents the second highest ODI score ever by an Australian

The heads score was the 13th hundred in just four home games this season.

“This is batting in short form at its very best,” Kerry O’Keefe said in the comment.

Head was almost joined as centenarians by opener Jake Weatherald, who was out for 97 when the Redbacks set about making an impressive total for the Queenslanders to chase.

South Australia are looking to secure their first win in any format since February 2020 after going undefeated in last season’s one-day and Sheffield Shield competitions.

Paceman Brendan Doggett was selected for his debut for SA against his former state of Queensland when the teams clashed ahead of a Sheffield Shield showdown at the weekend.

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