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Sport Travis Head disappointed to not build on run total despite memorable century

05:12  15 january  2022
05:12  15 january  2022 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Travis Head scored a crucial century for Australia on day one of the fifth Test.

His partnerships with Marnus Labuschagne and Cameron Green helped Australia recover from a dismal start, with the team reduced to 3/12 early on.

After notching up 101 runs, the left-hander played a lazy shot and was caught.

Speaking after an eventful day at Bellerive Oval, Head was disappointed he did not increase his run total but feels Australia is still in a decent position.

"We'll wait and see how the game pans out," Head said.

"I'm disappointed that I wasn't able to go on and get a big score.

"I felt like I had it right and had worked really hard to get to that position.

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"To give it up that easily ... I'm pretty disappointed.

"In terms of where my innings sits, I guess we'll wait and see ... we've got to wait for England to bat.

"Hopefully, we can put them under high pressure and it turns into a [competitive] match."

His 101 runs off 113 balls was a remarkable stint that showcased Head's belief in himself.

The 28-year-old was first called up to the Australian Test squad six years ago and credited this early exposure to his current confidence.

"I've definitely come into the series more relaxed," Head explained.

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"I spoke about that leading into Brisbane ... Pat (Cummins) and JL (Justin Langer) have backed me in quite hard over the period and asked me to go out and play the way I see the game.

"I've definitely come in with an attitude of an expectation of what's required and I've been able to go and express myself in that manner, as I've seen fit.

"It is nice to contribute and be as consistent as I have been."

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Despite an impressive recovery, the Hobart Test is still in the balance.

Australia finished day one at 6/241, and Head is hoping his teammates can build on that during the second day of action.

"I think anything over 300 [runs] is going to be a great start," he said.

"This wicket is more bowler-friendly.

"We know if we get enough runs, we have got a high-quality bowling attack.

"So anything over 300 [runs] and batting as long as we possibly can tomorrow is going to be key.

"And when we bowl it's making sure we identify the moments.

"I think it's going to be a tough new ball ... as that ball gets softer we will need to identify the moments to change or come to different plans."

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