Travis Head, the Australian batsman, expressed his delight with Australia’s strong position at the end of day one in the ICC World Test Championship Final against India. Despite losing the toss earlier in the day, Head acknowledged that his team had done an exceptional job on the opening day of the match.
When asked about the key to his success, Travis Head emphasized the importance of being in a solid batting position throughout his innings. He mentioned that he was tested by the Indian bowlers, who tried various strategies against him.
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However, Travis Head remained adaptable, worked through those challenging periods, and maintained a relaxed mindset. Head also expressed his joy in batting alongside Steve Smith, acknowledging that he often flies under the radar due to the attention directed towards Smith.
“Losing the toss this morning, we’ve done an exceptionally good job day one. Lot of hard work to do in the morning, but nice to come off with a really good start. I had a wonderful time, this time in ’19, we played a million warm-up games and A series. This time completely different. We know the process well and train and have the backing. (Key to success) Making sure I am in really good position, I felt like today I was for most of my innings.”
“I was tested, there were moments I thought they were going to come with plans. Trying to be adjustable on the job, work through and negate those periods and stay relaxed at the same time. It’s nice when you have got a bloke at the other end playing as well as he is.”
“I always love batting with Steve, I always feel I go under the radar because there are so many plans bowling to him. You say second fiddle, but I feel like I am doing that to him. (On the pitch) As it gets quicker, you may see more nicks. It was a touch slow, it was challenging with both new balls.”
Travis Head Satisfied with Australia Progress
Regarding the pitch conditions, Travis Head mentioned that as the pitch quickens up, more edges might come into play. He described the pitch as slightly slow, posing challenges for the batsmen, particularly with the new balls.
The Australian team, led by Head’s outstanding unbeaten knock of 146, finished the day in a strong position at 327 runs for the loss of three wickets. Their batting performance showcased their determination and ability to handle the Indian bowlers effectively.
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As the match progresses, Australia will aim to capitalize on their solid foundation and build a substantial total. With Head and Smith set at the crease, they will look to further dominate the Indian bowlers and consolidate their position in the World Test Championship Final.