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Australian Batsmen Travis Head joins Sussex

Australian Vice-Captain Travis Head have signed for Sussex for the 2020 season and he will be available in all three formats.

Last updated: 30.09.2019
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Sussex on Wednesday had confirmed that they have signed Australian Vice-Captain Travis Head for the 2020 season and he will be available in all three formats.

Earlier this year in the Ashes, Travis Head scored 191 runs in 8 innings which included a brilliant half-century in Birmingham. 

Later this year Travis Head was criticized for turning down the deal for Sussex as he was named in the Ashes squad and Sussex recruited Alex Carey.


Former Australian bowler and Sussex head coach who also coaches Adelaide Strikers in BBL said "I've known Trav for a number of years. We have a really good relationship and after we decided here at Sussex that an overseas batsman would complement our squad next year I just knew that Travis would be ideal, We wanted a top-four batsman to improve our team and Travis will do that. He's shown his class in his international career so far, he brings some useful off-spin and he will offer good leadership support to our captains from his time leading South Australia and the Strikers."

Head had an early start to his career making his first-class debut with South Australia at the age of 18 and 3 years later in 2015, he replaced Johan Botha as captain of South Australia. 

He was the youngest captain of South Australia.

Afterwards, he became the third Australian to score a double century in List A. He also scored a maiden T20 century against Sydney Strikers.

In 2016 he was part of Yorkshire team and his performance was rewarded as he was selected for Australia's squad against India and later in the same year he was picked by Royal challengers Bangalore.

He started his 2017 with Sheffield season and was contending for no.6 spot in the Ashes.

In the first match of the season, he failed to impress the selectors as he scored 8 in first inning and 0 in second. But he proved everyone wrong with a half-century in next match against Victoria and a brilliant century against Queensland. Regardless he did not earn selection in Australia's team for the longest format.

The same year, Hodge left the team and Head was announced as the captain of the Striker and later led Strikers to their maiden BBL title. And played for Worcestershire the next year.

In total, he has played 93 first-class games scoring 6312 runs with an average of 39.20

Afterwards in 2018, he was awarded National Contract by Cricket Australia and was named in Australia's Test squad against Pakistan. Later on 7th October he made his test debut for Australia and was handed his baggy green cap by the goat himself, Nathon Lyon.

He was highly recommended by Jason Gillespie for  Sussex. Head will join Alex Carey, Rashid khan and Chris Jordan in playing for both strikers and Sussex in recent years.

"I was disappointed not to have been able to take up my contract this summer so was thrilled that Jason [Gillespie] and Keith [Greenfield, Sussex Cricket's director of cricket] were keen to lock me away for the 2020 season. I can't wait," Head said. "With such a proud history, success is expected, and I want to play my part in achieving that."

Head is the last Australian player to sign the county deal for this season. The Future Tours Programme has thrown up a large gap between Australia's Test matches - from February to November - and their white-ball commitments are equally sparse.

Two Australian already hold contact for 2020 county cricket. Peter Siddle will join Essex and Cameron Bancroft will join Durham.

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