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Travis Head profile: Career stats, Test, ODI, T20I appearances, Ashes record

Attacking left-hander Travis Head has been a key member of the Australia batting line-up across all three formats in recent years and is set to bring up a half-century mark of Test appearances.

Head made his Test bow against in October 2018 and was dismissed for a duck in his first innings, with a less than pleasing sequence seeing him make 1 in his first ODI innings and 2 on his T20I debut against India in January 2016.

Career record

Matches

Innings

Not Outs

Runs

Highest Score

Average

Test

49

81

5

3,173

175

41.75

ODI

65

62

5

2,397

152

42.05

T20I

26

25

3

656

91

29.81

Ashes record

Matches

Innings

Not Outs

Runs

Highest Score

Average

13

24

1

910

152

39.56

Test chance took time to arrive

Head had been around the Baggy Greens limited-overs set-up for some time before he was handed an opportunity to impress on the Test match stage, against Pakistan in October 2018.

He made 0 and 72 on debut in Dubai and was unable to make a major breakthrough against either Pakistan or India, but did so when Sri Lanka arrived in Australia in early 2019.

He put together a knock 84 in an innings victory at the Gabba before backing that up with a maiden Test century in Canberra, as well as an unbeaten 59 not out in the second innings in ACT.

A century in the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand in 2019 was the only other time Head reached three figures before he sat out 12 months of Test match cricket due to poor form.

He returned for the 2021/22 Ashes series on home soil and Head came back with a bang, making 152 at the Gabba in the series opener and also recording 101 in Hobart as the hosts thrashed England 4-0.

Head finished the series with 357 runs at an average of 59.50, but then struggled for form in away series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

A return to home turf saw him hit back against West Indies as he made his still Test-best 175 at the Adelaide Oval in early December 2022, before perhaps his finest Test innings to date came in the World Test Championship final against India at The Oval in June 2023.

Player of the match Head made a superb 163 in the first innings to help set up a 209-run victory for the Aussies, who would go on to retain the Ashes in England a couple of months later.

He has since made jus one century in 12 Test innings, but he remains a key figure in the batting order, particularly as a counter-puncher who can help up the scoring rate when required.

World Cup heroics the ODI pinnacle

Head had broken into the Australia set-up in the white-ball game long before his Test match chance arrived and he was a consistent performer for the Baggy Greens, with his career-best 152 against England at the MCG in November 2022.

However, he would reach new heights as Australia unexpectedly roared to World Cup glory in late 2023, with Head making a magnificent 137 in the final against tournament hosts India.

He added 192 for the fourth wicket with Marnus Labuschagne before being dismissed two runs shorts of the victory target, as the Baggy Greens romped home with seven overs to spare.

He had opened his tournament with 109 in a narrow five-run victory over New Zealand, having gone into the competition as a doubt due to a hand injury.

Head impresses after lengthy T20I absence

Head made his T20I bow back in January 2016, but perhaps surprisingly struggled to make an impact in a format which he was seemingly well-suite to.

He dropped out of the 20-over reckoning in July 2018 and did not appear again until August 2022, since when he has been a consistent contributor, making a T20I best of 91 against South Africa in Durban in September 2023.

His six innings since then have seen him total at least 24 in each knock and he is certain to feature at the T20 World Cup later this year.

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