Former Australian head coach Justin Langer hailed Travis Head for his brilliant knock against India on Day 1 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final on Wednesday, June 7. Justin Langer stated that Travis Head put pressure on the Indian bowlers from the start of his innings in the final match.
Travis Head became the first batter to score a hundred in the WTC final match. The left-handed batter dominated against Indian bowlers and added a 251-run partnership with Steve Smith for the fourth wicket. He scored an unbeaten 146 runs to help the Aussies reach 327 runs in 85 overs.
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He’s Playing With Great Freedom – Justin Langer
Justin Langer said that Travis Head batted with freedom, similar to Rishabh Pant and Adam Gilchrist’s batting styles in the longer format.
“He’s playing with great freedom, putting pressure back on the Indians. It’s like having Adam Gilchrist or Rishabh Pant in your team, he’s making it look like a T20 game,” Langer said on Channel 7.
The 29-year-old batter had a great summer at home and scored more than 500 runs. However, he was dropped from the playing XI against India in the first Border Gavaskar Trophy (BG) series. He impressed with his batting in the remaining three matches of the BGT.
He Played Off The Front Foot And The Back Foot – Justin Langer
Former Australian batter Matthew Hayden praised David Warner and said that the left-handed batter showed character against the moving new ball in overseas conditions.
“You can see from his body language that he was right into this match. When the sun started flowing, so too did those runs. He was brilliant,” Hayden said.
“He played off the front foot and the back foot … that’s a sign David Warner’s in good form,” Justin Langer said.
Usman Khawas was dismissed by Mohammed Siraj for a duck in the fourth over of the innings. However, David Warne added a 69-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne for the second wicket. He scored 43 runs off 60 deliveries before being dismissed by Shardul Thakur.