Speedy Recovery for Travis Head
Travis Head, who was included in the 15-member World Cup team despite a fracture in his left hand during the South Africa series, has made a quicker recovery than anticipated.
The left-handed batsman had his protective splint removed from his hand late last week and has since been actively practicing in the nets.
As per cricket.com.au, Head has been intensively practicing in the nets and is scheduled to fly to India this Thursday.
Unavailability for Pakistan Clash
Head will still be unavailable for the match against Pakistan, which is Australia’s fourth game of the tournament, in Bengaluru. However, he could potentially make a comeback for the Netherlands match in Delhi on October 25.
“The recovery is going well, probably better than we expected,” Head shared with cricket.com.au.
“We opted against surgery, which would have required a 10-week recovery, and were informed that it would be a minimum of six weeks with the splint before we could consider playing again.
“According to that plan, the Netherlands game will be just under six weeks from the injury, which is quite an aggressive timeline. Everything would need to go perfectly from here to meet that deadline.
“We’ll monitor the progress over the next few days, and I’m thrilled about the possibility of rejoining the team later this week.
Timely Return for the Struggling Aussies
Head’s return will be a much-needed boost for the Australian team, which is currently on a four-match losing streak, including two losses in this year’s World Cup edition.
With two defeats in two matches and Mitchell Marsh’s disappointing scores of 0 and 7 from Head’s position at the top, the Aussies will be relieved to have the left-handed batsman back to partner with David Warner.
Impressive ODI Record
Head’s ODI performance as an opener is impressive, with an average of over 50 and a scoring rate of 112.35, which makes his return all the more crucial for the Australian team.