Lehmann: Head on the verge of Test call-up

“We expect him in the not-too-distant future to get his chance in Test cricket”

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Australia head coach Darren Lehmann has revealed that all-rounder Travis Head is set to be called up to the Test squad in the near future.

Head has never played Test cricket, but has been knocking on the door following a string of strong performances in the limited overs formats.

While he was not chosen to feature in the four-Test series against India later this month, Lehmann insisted that his chance will come “in the not-too-distant future”.

“He’s impressed us immensely with the way he’s adapted to international cricket,” Lehmann said. “We expect him in the not-too-distant future to get his chance in Test cricket.”

Since making his debut in September last year, Head has represented Australia in 22 ODIs, where he has scored 744 runs at an average of 37.20. In his last four matches, he has surpassed his fifty on three occasions and even went on to score his maiden hundred in the 5th ODI against Pakistan in Adelaide on January 26.

In addition to the runs he has scored, the 23-year-old has also taken 11 wickets.

As for his Twenty20 International career, the Adelaide native has featured in four matches to date and accumulated 82 runs at an average of 27.33.

Given his form, Head made a real case for himself when it came to the squad selection for the tour of India, but failed to make the cut in the end.

Speaking about the decision, Lehmann said: “It was a really tight call. Obviously he’s done really well in the one-day series for us. His bowling has gone through the roof, so really pleased for him there and he batted really well again (in Sunday’s ODI series decider against New Zealand).

“You can only take so many and we’ve got a lot of left-handers in the squad as well.”

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