01 Feb 2019, 17:09 IST
Travis Head devoted his first Check century to the late Phillip Hughes on an emotional opening day of Australia’s second match towards Sri Lanka.
Australia dominated proceedings on the Manuka Oval in Canberra as Sri Lanka’s bowlers toiled after a powerful begin, Head and Joe Burns each registering lots of.
Australia slipped to 28-Three however Head (161) and Burns (172 not out) placed on 308 to place the hosts on the right track to finish a collection sweep – they gained the primary Check by an innings and 40 runs in Brisbane.
Head went to 3 figures with a boundary via mid-off and instantly regarded to the sky in remembrance of his former team-mate and mentor.
“Yeah [I dedicated it to] a number of, however Hughesy as properly, just a little bit emotional to be sincere,” Head instructed SEN Radio.
“It was just a little bit about attempting to get the momentum again, it was just a little like final week the place we misplaced fast wickets and had been just a little bit below the pump, it was attempting to get that momentum again.
“Final week I began my innings rather well, left the ball rather well, simply tried to get that momentum again and get it to swing again our manner. I felt like Burnsy and I had been ready to do this once more.
“To go on the market and proceed from final week, personally and as a staff we put ourselves in an awesome place to get lots of and weren’t in a position to, that was the disappointing half, but it surely was actually good at this time to get on the market, and as soon as we received our likelihood, to make it huge.”
An unbeaten 172 from Joe Burns and Travis Head’s 161 energy Australia to 384/four by stumps on Day 1 of the second #AUSvSL Check in Canberra.
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Burns – who registered his fourth hundred for Australia – was delighted for his team-mate, believing Head’s innings will set up the left-hander’s place within the Check aspect.
He mentioned: “It is a kind of innings at this time that’ll get him began in his Check profession, get that first one out of the best way and open the floodgates. I simply wished to hug him as arduous as I may for so long as I may and simply maintain batting with him. It was actually gratifying.
“Full credit score to Trav, he comes out with nice intent, places the bowlers off their mark, and turns three early wickets into straightaway strain again on the bowlers.
“And you might sense on the market the left-hand/right-hand mixture, and with the ability to rating in numerous areas and maintain the scoreboard ticking all day, meant their bowlers could not get that build-up of strain. That is the important thing to a great partnership and actually satisfying to do this for a protracted interval.”
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