The Australian cricket team has suffered a huge blow as their star fast batsman Travis Head recently got injured during the team’s match against South Africa. Australia got done with their tour in South Africa, after playing 3 T20 matches and 5 ODI matches, the T20 series ended as a clean sweep by Australia, while South Africa sealed a victory in the ODIs with a 3-2 series win.
However, ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023, Australia will miss their star batsman Travis Head as he was hit on his left glove by a short delivery during the fourth ODI match between South Africa and Australia. Notably, South Africa and Australia will play their first match of the ODI World Cup 2023 back to back on 7 and 8 October, against Sri Lanka, and India respectively.
Andrew McDonald on Travis Head’s injury
Australia has constantly witnessed injuries in their camp, from Glenn Maxwell to Pat Cummins, Australia has seen multiple injuries and now Travis Head is expected to miss the first half of the ODI World Cup. The Australian head coach Andrew McDonald recently gave updates about Travis Head’s injury and his availability for the upcoming mini ODI series against India and ODI World Cup.
“The timeframe is still a bit loose at the moment but the good news is he doesn’t require surgery as it sits at the moment. There will be an extended period of time out and we’ve just got to weigh up whether that time (out) falls with an option to carry him through the front half of the World Cup, There’s no doubt he won’t be available for the front half, so that’s a decision we’ll have to make for the final 15. But I can’t give you an exact time frame”, said Andrew McDonald.
“I can’t talk on behalf of the selection panel and lock him away in the World Cup 15 but it’s no doubt looking likely. He’s made a significant shift in his intent at the crease and putting the bowlers under pressure (more) than he was potentially 12 months ago. He’s struck at around 100 strike-rate in this series”, added McDonald.
“We know Marnus is a quality player and he probably didn’t have the 12-18 months in one-day cricket that he would have liked. But he’s no doubt taken that opportunity with both hands and there’s no doubt he’ll be front and centre when it comes to that 15-man squad down the track,” he said.