Australia call up Head


Travis Head was on Monday added to the Australia squad for their five-match one-day international Series in Sri Lanka.

Head, primarily a batsman who can bowl off-spin, has made one ODI appearance for Australia, in the recent tri-series in the Caribbean, but has impressed during a stint in English county cricket with Yorkshire.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said: "He's a young player who has the attributes we think are quite important here.

"We want to give him as much experience, because he's a young guy who's had some success.

"He hasn't had enough international exposure and we think it's a really good time to do that, with an eye on the future as well.

"We've been impressed with him. That's why he has come in a bit early. It's only a couple of days earlier than the one-day squad."

Australia find themselves 2-0 down in the best-of-three Test series following their 229-run defeat in Galle with the final match starting on Saturday in Colombo - a contest Head is not being considered for with the one-dayers starting on August 21.

Having struggled to cope with the conditions on the sub-continent, it is likely to be a much-changed squad for next year's four-Test trip to India, but Lehmann refused to confirm Head's call-up was with that tour in mind.

He added: "You're always looking at those things.

"When you haven't had the success you'd like, you've got to look at different things.

"We're really happy with the group. Obviously we'd like different results.

"But we are just bringing him in for the experience more than anything else."