Australian batter Travis Head had ruled him as an opener for the first Test against Pakistan which kicks off on December 14 in Perth. Head has had an incredible 2023 as he helped the Aussies clinch two ICC tournaments - the World Test Championship and the World Cup against India. The 29-year-old continued his stellar form in the recently concluded T20I series against India which Australia lost 4-1.
Speaking to the media in Perth, Travis Head spoke about how he has been asked to focus as a middle-order batter and described the opening as a specialist job. Australia, based on Head's comments, will focus on the likes of Cameron Bancroft, Matthew Renshaw and Marcus Harris who were part of the Prime Minister's XI game against Pakistan.
Head, as quoted by Cricinfo, said: "[Selectors are] happy with me in the middle order," he told reporters in Perth ahead of the first Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday. "I think [opening] it's a specialist job. The guys that have been waiting to get into the team for a while deserve the first crack at it. But the conversations are ongoing with everyone...only one for me is [opening in] the subcontinent. I don't see myself moving around too much in the future."
I'm not a lock for that T20 World Cup: Head
Further in this media interaction, Travis Head talked about the T20 World Cup in 2024. The 29-year-old expressed that he will still need to prove his worth to make the squad by performing in the upcoming T20 games. "I'm not a lock for that T20 World Cup, so I wanted to present and try to perform and try and get myself in that team," Head said.
We felt like that was the greater opportunity to play the three T20s [than Shield]. We haven't got many T20 opportunities coming up over the next little bit, so it was sort of that last chance to press my claims to make sure that I'm in the mix," he continued.