Watch | Why is the Ashes hundred most special? Travis Head explains George Bailey

Kingshuk Kusari

Kingshuk Kusari

Author| Dec 19, 8:45 AM

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Australian middle order dynamite Travis Head teed off in the 2021-22 Ashes with a brilliant hundred at the Gabba. The fiery innings of 152 runs came at a rapid strike rate of over 100 and set the tone for the Australians in the series.

He proved that the hundred was not just an one off incident by notching up a half century in the second innings of the pink ball Test, currently being played at the Adelaide Oval. Once again a fast paced innings that relentlessly attacked the English bowlers, Head hit seven boundaries on course his 51 off 54 balls.

Speaking to national selector George Bailey on Sunday, 19 December, Head provided an insight of his journey.

Head spoke about his experiences as the youngest captain of South Australia, the domestic team that he plays for and how that shaped his career.

“It was a pretty quick one for me, going from the young kid in the dressing room who sort of tried to keep the tempo in the room, build relationships and keep the vibe up on bad days and good days, to then try and think about what I had to speak in the morning to the boys and a couple of experienced guys. I think the lessons I learned was how to build relationships with guys and how to communicate with guys.”

Asked about how special the Ashes century was, Head stated that it was one of the most special moments in his career. When Bailey pitted the Ashes hundred against Head’s last ball century for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League, the left hander took a little time and argued that the Ashes hundred holds the edge over the franchise one, but ever so slightly.

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