Travis Head - Stats, Career and the World Cup 2023 Heroics

One of the most heartbreaking losses for the Indian Cricket Team came on 19th November, 2023, at the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup Final. The Australian Cricket Team Captain, Pat Cummins, just like he promised, silenced the 1 lakh spectators at Narendra Modi Stadium to beat India in a one sided affair. Though the Australian bowlers did very well, it was one batsman who was at the forefront of handing India this heartbreaking defeat, and that man was none other than the left handed batter, Travis Head. And not just that, Travis Head was also the one who smashed India’s hopes at the World Test Championship in 2023

Travis head celebrating his century vs India in the 2023 World Cup Final
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So, in this article by ZAP, let’s know more about Travis Head, his career, his stats and records so far. 

Travis Head - Early life and Domestic Cricket

Travis Head was born on December 29th, 1993, and his age is currently 30 years old. Head started playing from a  very young age. He used to play for Craigmore Cricket Club and later for Trinity College. He represented South Australia at U17 and U19 age group level. Later, he even played for Tea Gully Cricket Club in South Australian Premier Cricket. After performing well in junior cricket, Head represented Sheffield Shield in First Class Cricket at the early age of 18. Due to his exceptional performance, he was awarded a contract with South Australia. He led the same team to U19 National Championship Title in 2012-13. At 21, he was made the youngest captain of a state team. Head  played 18 U19 ODIs for Cricket Australia post his heroics in the domestic circuit. Selectors couldn’t ignore him for long after that, and eventually picked him for the senior national team. 

Travis Head - International Cricket Career and Stats

Head’s remarkable form earned him a call-up to the Australian national team, and he made his debut in Twenty20 Internationals and One Day Internationals against India and West Indies respectively, in 2016. At the same time, he continued to shine in domestic cricket, leading South Australia to their first Sheffield Shield final in 20 years.

Travis Head celebrating a century against India in the World Test Championship final
Credit: The Indian Express

In Test cricket, Travis made his debut against Pakistan in 2018 and has since become a vital part of the Australian Test team. He has scored centuries in crucial matches, including the 2021–22 Ashes series, where he was awarded the Compton–Miller Medal for player of the series.

In, World Test Championship Final in 2023 against India, he scored 163 (174) & 18 (27) in his two innings. His century in the first innings gave Australia an upper hand and India could never recover from that. 

Later, in the 2023 World Cup Final, he dominated the run chase by scoring 137 (120). His athleticism was also evident in the diving catch he took of Rohit Sharma, that particular catch was a key moment as it changed the course of the game.

Travis Head - Stats in International Cricket:




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In Test cricket, Travis Head has scored 3173 runs in 49 matches at an batting average of 41.75, including 7 centuries and 16 half-centuries with a high score of 175. In One Day Internationals (ODIs), he has scored 2397 runs in 65 matches at an impressive average of 42.05. He has scored 5 centuries and 16 half-centuries in ODIs, with a highest score of 152. In T20 Internationals (T20Is), he has scored 656 runs in 26 matches at a strike rate of 147.08. Though his stats in T20Is are not that great, he has still been a key contributor to the Australian team’s middle order in the shortest format.

In total, Travis Head has scored 12 centuries in all formats with 6226 runs. 

What Makes Travis Head so special?

Head has already been the star of his nation for his important knocks at important times. He is a three format batter who can be aggressive or nonchalant, depending upon the situation. Travis Head’s height is 173 cm, and is not too bulky but it’s his timing of the ball that make him a powerful hitter. He can come up right in front and open for his side, or he can come down the order and provide the needed stability. Along with his skill, it’s his Australian mindset that makes him a complete player. He can be handy with his part time off spin bowling too. He might not be the best batsman of the team, but he's that piece of the puzzle who always performs when his team needs him the most, just like how Gautam Gambhir did for India. 

Travis Head in the IPL:

Travis Head celebrating a century against RCB in the IPL
Credit: India Today

Travis Head made his IPL debut in 2016 when he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore. He played for the franchise for a couple of years but was later let go, where he later joined Delhi Capital. That move, too, didn’t work out either. In 2024, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought the Australian southpaw for ₹6.8 crore, and that has been a very fruitful decision so far. In IPL 2024, Travis is opening the innings along with Abhishek Sharma and is aggressively smashing the scoreboards. His fireworks at the start of the innings are a major reason why SRH is easily clocking targets beyond 250. His finest innings of the IPL 2024 so far came against his former team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he scored a century in just 39 balls. He made all the eyes turn on him as his side managed to break the record of scoring the highest score in IPL history. SRH scored 287/3 with significant contributions from Heinrich Klaasen as well. 


What is Travis Head's highest score?

Travis Head's highest score is 175, which he achieved in a Test match against the West Indies in December 2022.

Who is Travis Head's wife?

Travis tied the knot with his wife Jessica Davies in April 2023

How many runs did Travis Head score in World Cup 2023?

Head scored 329 scores with two hundreds and one fifty to his name,  from six matches at an average of 54.83 and a strike-rate of 127.51.


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