Travis Head conceded it was hard not to notice the record-low MCG crowd which witnessed him produce his highest-ever one-day score for Australia but he said it was of little consequence,
The left-hander revealed he was “touch and go” just to play after illness and a pre-game back spasm almost prevented him from making a massive 152 in his team’s walloping of England.
Only 10,406 fans, the lowest ever attendance for an ODI at the MCG were on and Head said he and his teammates “weren’t surprised” given the dead-rubber nature of the contest, the scheduling, and the weather
But Head’s need to make every post a winner after his re-inclusion in the side, given first opportunity to nail down the opening spot left vacant by Aaron Finch’s retirement, meant the size of the crowd was irrelevant.
“Not for someone like me, someone who hasn’t been playing. Maybe it does for some guys who have been playing a lot of cricket,” Head said after Australia’s 221-run win in to close out a 3-0 series win.
“But each guy has different motivations for getting up and playing. I’m in a position where I’m fortunate to be back in the team so I am buzzing for it not matter who rocks up.
“You‘re playing for Australia, so I guess, I noticed it (the crowd) but again, when the ball is coming down, you are trying to hit it you don’t notice if it’s 10,000 or 100,000.
“But yeah, I guess we weren‘t surprised. With where the series was at … it’s a Tuesday afternoon, the weather hasn’t been great, it’s been bloody freezing for three days”
Head’s innings could and should be enough to secure him the opening spot vacated by retiring captain Aaron Finch 12 months out from the World Cup.
But it was one which nearly didn’t happen.
Not only was the South Australian ill pre-game, and unable to eat, he also hurt his back in the warm-up, and needed to pass a fitness test just to play.
He was unable to field after his 130-ball innings, which included 16 fours and four sixes but was never going to miss the chance to further cement his partnership with David Warner at the top of the order.
“I was touch and go,” he said
“It wasn‘t ideal back spasm when I got here to the ground and reached to get something out of my bag and it wasn’t the best feeling in the world.
“I got through the warm the rain didn‘t help because obviously I did warm up indoors and those couple minutes before the toss and a fair bit going on.
“But I was lucky we got to two hours before the game so it sort of sorted itself out.”
Head and Warner, who made 106, put on 269-runs, the highest ever ODI stand at the MCG and biggest opening partnership ever for Australia against England.
“We work well together … we feed off each other,” he said.
“He’s unbelievable, and it’s great to have someone with that confidence up the other end.
“But I’ll take any position which puts me in the Australian cricket team. I know the various opportunities I have had at the top, I’ve had some success.
“It’s a nice place to bat.”
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