AUS vs WI: Travis Head Released From Australia’s White-Ball Squads to ‘Refresh’


Travis Head for Australia. (AP)

Travis Head for Australia. (AP)

Head won’t play in the final two ODIs or the three T20 internationals that follow and will return home to Adelaide for a break ahead of Australia’s T20 and Test tour of New Zealand later this month.

World Cup-winning quick Josh Hazlewood has been added to Australia’s squad for the second ODI against the West Indies at the SCG after opener Travis Head was released to “refresh” following a busy Test summer.

Head won’t play in the final two ODIs or the three T20 internationals that follow and will return home to Adelaide for a break ahead of Australia’s T20 and Test tour of New Zealand later this month.

Head has been having a bit of a rough spell recently. The swashbuckling batter was dismissed for two ducks in consecutive innings, a King’s Pair, in the second Test against West Indies at the Gabba in Brisbane last week.

He then crashed his first ball for four in last night’s first ODI at the MCG before swinging and missing at another two, then edging behind for four as Josh Inglis, Cameron Green and Steve Smith led Australia to a comfortable eight-wicket win over the West Indies in the first ODI.

In more news, Australia have also confirmed that pacer Xavier Bartlett will be rested from tomorrow’s second match following an outstanding debut against West Indies in the first ODI where he collected second-best figures (4-17) for Australia.

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), Sean Abbott, Xavier Bartlett, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood (second ODI only), Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson (third ODI only), Marnus Labuschagne, Lance Morris, Matt Short, Will Sutherland, Adam Zampa

West Indies ODI squad: Shai Hope (c), Alzarri Joseph, Alick Athanaze, Teddy Bishop, Keacy Carty, Roston Chase, Matthew Forde, Justin Greaves, Kavem Hodge, Tevin Imlach, Gudakesh Motie, Kjorn Ottley, Romario Shepherd, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.

Australia will face off against West Indies in the second ODI of the four- match series tomorrow February 4 at the SCG in Sydney.

Following the same, both sides will embark on a three-match T20I series starting from February 9.



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