Head eyes Test future


Travis Head hopes his one-day international performances against Sri Lanka can help him move a step closer to representing Australia at Test level.

The 22-year-old made his international debut earlier this year in two Twenty20 matches with India, and picked up his second ODI cap in Sunday's three-wicket win in Colombo.

Opportunities have been limited for Head despite impressing in first-class and A cricket, but similarly strong showings in the remaining four ODIs could help him establish himself within the squad.

And Head - who spent a week with the Test squad in Sri Lanka - has got his sights set on earning a first Test cap after Australia crumbled without much of a fight against Sri Lanka.

"It's a positive that you get talked about to play Test cricket, and that's what I want to do," he told a media conference on Tuesday. "That's my ambition. 

"I think I've had limited opportunities - I've played one four-day game in India when I was there last and I got two starts. 

"I'm always going to be positive and aggressive, but it's a long way away that Test series [in India]. 

"I've got to get runs on the board and I think that's the main issue with everyone. We've seen blokes put on a lot of runs, I probably haven't done it as consistently yet so I think it's a big 12 months for me. 

"If I want to get in the Test side I've got to get a lot of runs in four-day cricket. 

"I feel really comfortable, I feel confident, which is a positive I guess having only played two games of [ODI] cricket for Australia, but I feel like I'm there or thereabouts."

Head is also determined to work on his off-spin bowling to give him an extra string to his bow, and maybe the upper hand when it comes to future selections.

He added: "I think I'm pretty raw still with my bowling. I'm pretty open minded on my bowling.

"I just want to try and [adapt to] the conditions as best as possible and if that can get me selected as a second-string to my batting.

"I'm there to make runs and if I can come in and do a job with the ball that's a positive, and that's what I'm heading towards, [being] a genuine option and make myself a genuine spinner, that's my goal."