Australia's Travis Head plays a shot against Sri Lanka during their first twenty20 cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Australia's Travis Head plays a shot against Sri Lanka during their first twenty20 cricket match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) Eranga Jayawardena

Head hopes to shoulder load in ODI side

Emerging batsman Travis Head reckons it will be harder to stay in the Australian side than it was to get there.

The 22-year-old says he felt comfortable in all five one-day internationals on the recent Sri Lankan tour, but knows challengers are eyeing spot in the Australian side.

"Probably the hardest thing is to stay in the side,” Head told reporters in Adelaide today.

"Once you get in there, there's a mountain of guys sitting on the sidelines that are class players and getting a lot of runs and putting pressure on you.

"There's always nerves and what-not being the young guy in the side and playing for Australia, it's a dream to do it. I'm just loving it at the minute.

"The more pressure will come once you try to stay in the side with guys breathing down your neck ... at the early stage you don't quite feel that, you're just going out and trying to express yourself.”

Head, who has scored 135 runs in his six ODIs ahead, hoped to cement his spot on Australia's limited overs tour of South Africa starting later this month.

But the South Australian captain was blunt when asked about his ambition to break into the Test side, saying he needed to consistently bank big scores to be considered.

"I am probably a little bit off still,” Head said.

"I have got to get a lot of runs. I think the Test side that was in Sri Lanka, they all average 50, they have got a lot of runs under their belt and a lot of experienced players in that side.

"So for me it's just about doing what I can do well - get runs, be consistent. To play Test cricket, it's the goal. (But) a lot of hard work still needs to happen.”


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