After being dropped for the third one-day international between Australia and England in Sydney South Gawler expat Travis Head answered his critics in emphatic style playing on his home ground, Adelaide Oval on Australia Day.
He played what proved to be a match winning innings against the English to give the Aussies their first victory in the one-day second-generation form of the game.
in oppressive humid conditions Australia won the toss and bowled first and had their opponents on the racks at 5/8 before they recovered to make a middling total of 196.
Head took a catch in the outfield to give teammate Andrew Tye his first wicket in one day international cricket a smart piece of work on the boundary line where he toss the ball in the air as he was about to step over it and re-caught once coming into the field of play.
He did also bowl 2 overs with his off spinners, surprisingly before recognized leg spinner Adam Zampa, which yielded no wickets and cost him nine runs.
Head open the batting with Australian vice-captain David Warner and immediately showed his intentions
He produced a-run- a-ball half century which included nine boundaries, with only one false shot that went wide of second slip.
He was finally dismissed with the score at 180 and the game in the bag.
He fell four runs short of what it would have been a well-deserved century His 96 came from 107 deliveries faced and included no less than 15 boundaries.
While Pat Cummins won the Man of the Match award Australia certainly wouldn’t have collected victory if it wasn’t for Head’s performance with the willow in his hand.
In the corresponding game 12 months earlier, Head made his first ODI century and produced a record 248 run opening partnership with Warner.
When Head reached 56 he achieved the 1000-ODI run mark for his country.
Unfortunately for Travis in the Sunday, January 28 opening match at the new Optus Arena in Perth he was run out for 22
The Australian one-day side endeavoured to chase down England middling total of 259 Australia lost game by 12 runs and the series four games to one.
Head’s 22 came off 30 balls included a pair of boundaries.
This Friday afternoon the Strikers women despite finishing fourth will play the top placers Sydney Sixers in the semi- final of the women’s Big Bash League.
This will be followed by another semi-final of the men's competition between the Strikers men and the Melbourne Renegades.
What is bemusing about this is that the Strikers captain Travis Head along with Renegades quick bowler Eudunda born Kane Richardson are both unavailable for this game because of the Twenty/20 commitments for their country with these series overlapping.
We are in grave danger of shooting the golden goose by not having the best player participating in finals, as T20 cricket has resurrected the code for the younger generation.
Federer’s powerful Barossa link
Now enshrines as one of the true greats the history of world tennis Rodger Federer will always be connected to our district through his first coach as a teenager, the late Peter Carter who tragically passed away in a car accident in South Africa in 2002.
While only surmising the emotion that Federer showed after his five set win against Marin Cilic suggests suggested there was thoughts of what Carter did for him in his youth Federer has proved to be a champion tennis player and an even better person.
He is always been generous with the Carter family, never forgetting the lessons both on and off the court, the former Barossa lad had taught him.
He had consistently providing airfares, accommodation and courtesy cars to Carter’s parents Bob and Diana over the journey.
It must me a bittersweet pill for the Carter family each time, not have Peter around to see his protégée’s rise to the peak of tennis superstardom.