Travis Head must wait ODI’s turn, says Australian coach Andrew McDonald | Cricket News



COLOMBO: Fly-half Travis Head must bide his time before he can secure his place in Australia’s one-day squad, coach Andrew McDonald has said ahead of their five-match series against Sri Lanka at from Tuesday.
While David Warner skipped the one-day series in Pakistan earlier this year, Head partnered skipper Aaron Finch in the No. 1 spot and was their second-highest scorer with a hundred and fifty over three innings.
The southpaw smashed a windy cent for Australia A in Sri Lanka, but McDonald said Warner’s return meant Head had to wait his turn, which could come in the final leg of the ODI series.
“He just has to bide his time right now,” McDonald told reporters on Sunday.
“We see this as an opportunity for him to get some really good match-up opportunities in this A game which fits into the Test series. Equally important, his exposure to the conditions on the subcontinent.”
Head was voted man of the series in the Ashes’ Australian triumph over England earlier this year and is set to carry his rich form into the two Test series against Sri Lanka later this month.
“We’re not saying he won’t play any part in the ODI series,” McDonald said.
“He had an opportunity in Pakistan and seized it with a brilliant ball strike, which was seen by all.
“Davey (Warner) is coming back to this place, obviously Steve Smith is also coming back, so there are two big inclusions.
“He’s pushing hard for selection.”
Versatile Cameron Green would not play in the first two ODIs after struggling for Australia A and could only play as a hitter, the manager has claimed.
“He’s only a fraction of what we’d like him to be, so we’ll probably go on the conservative side there.
“But the three games back in Colombo, we think he will be well placed to fulfill his full potential as an all-around player.”
Australia won the T20 series against Sri Lanka 2-1.


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