Champions Trophy: Travis Head happy to play anywhere for Australia

FEATURING in an Australian record first-wicket stand of 284 would usually cement a player’s status as an opener, but Travis Head says he’ll just be happy to get a game in the Champions Trophy.

The classy left-hander and Warner slayed the Pakistan bowlers in an Australia Day runs bonanza on his home ground at the Adelaide Oval as the hosts cruised to a 57-run win.

However, he found himself shunted back down the order in the three-match series against New Zealand in February as the Black Caps prevailed 2-0. A century, two fifties and three wickets with his handy offbreaks convinced the Australia selectors to name the 23-year-old in the 16-man squad for the Champions Trophy.

And he’s hoping he’s done enough to earn a spot in the tournament opener against Kane Williamson’s Black Caps on June 2 at Edgbaston.

“I’m hopeful, I finished well at the end of the Australian summer . this is my first time at a big tournament and I am looking forward to it,” Head said.

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