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VISIBLY moved Australian opener Travis Head dedicated his maiden international hundred against Pakistan in Adelaide to close mate and former Test batsman Phillip Hughes.
Head (128, 137 balls) looked to the skies upon reaching his ton during the 41st over of Australia’s mammoth 7/369 total that set up a 57-run victory and 4-1 series scoreline.
The memory of former Redbacks teammate Hughes is always with Head while waves of emotion flood the South Australian skipper with every milestone knock in his career.
“It was (for) Hughesy. Every time I go out to bat I think of the little man like others who have been close with him. It was a special moment that ticked the box and hopefully made the little man proud,” said Head.
Head’s highest score was 57 in 19 one-day starts for Australia but the 23-year-old felt on the cusp of a breakthrough knock.
“It was a fantastic day personally and for the team, felt like I had been in good form for the series and it has been like that since I debuted,” said Head.
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“It is nice and satisfying to get runs but the head moves quickly to New Zealand and try and back up some good form and keep the ball rolling.
“It was great to get a hundred in my hometown.”
Head credited Warner with making his ton “easy” as the pair blasted Australia’s highest one-day stand. Vice-captain Warner also equalled Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of five one-day knocks exceeding 150, shelling 19 boundaries and five sixes. Head was allowed to bat as own pace before accelerating.
“He makes it easy for me, consistently backs up big scores and did that again today in another match winning performance,” said Head of Warner.
Head is eyeing an opening berth alongside Warner in the June ICC Champions Trophy across England and hopes to impress at the top of the order alongside Aaron Finch or Shaun Marsh in the three-match tour of New Zealand starting on Monday in Auckland. Warner will be rested from the New Zealand series before joining Australia’s India tour preparation in Dubai.
“As a batter I want to bat as high as I can, disappointed I couldn’t capitalise on my opportunity at the at the Gabba. I am happy to do the job where needed,” he said.
“To get another opportunity I was very excited. We are playing the right brand of cricket for the Champions Trophy.”
Head was pipped for an India Test tour berth by allrounder Glenn Maxwell but is content to bide his time, saying: “One day cricket is where I am at so if I can keep getting runs and being consistent that opportunity will hopefully come.”