Travis Head feeling ‘sharp’ ahead of SL Test challenge

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Travis Head claims he is already feeling comfortable on Sri Lanka’s wickets after working his way to a second big score in their six-wicket ODI loss in Colombo.

Head played a starring role in Australia’s innings of 291 for 6 on Sunday, hitting an unbeaten 70 from 65 balls as he anchored the middle overs before exploding late.

He hit 53 in his final 35 balls, turning it on in the final overs of Australia’s innings before Sri Lanka chased down the target with ease. But still, the signs are good for Head in the lead up to the two-Test series starting next Wednesday in Galle.

Albeit against the white-ball, he also struck 110 in a warm-up game for Australia A against Sri Lanka A last week before Sunday night’s runs.

Australia’s ability to handle spinners will be crucial in the Tests, after they were routed 3-0 in Sri Lanka in 2016 and their batters only made five scores above 50 in six innings.

“I’m playing well. I think there’s still a lot of work to continue to keep doing when we go into that format,” Head said. “But I felt like in these last two games and in the Australia A games in Kandy as well, I have played spin quite well. (Agencies)