Travis Head returned to the Australian Test side with a bang in the opening Ashes clash of the summer.
After a glorious start to the 2020-21 domestic season, Head was an obvious choice to fill the vacant No.5 slot, making his return to the national team for the first time since Boxing Day 2020.
Hard work across the off-season over in the United Kingdom paid dividends, with the left-hander peeling off scores of 230, 163 and 101 leading into the First Test against England.
The 27-year-old was on fire at the Gabba, scoring the joint third-fastest Ashes century in history. Head’s knock of 152 came from just 148 balls, including 14 fours and six sixes.
“It’s a great feeling for such a big series to start well and set the tone,” Head told gray-nicolls.com.au after the Brisbane Test.
“Hopefully it continues for a great series as a team and personally.”
Head was the clear Player of the Match as Australia begun the five-Test Ashes series with a win.
The ball was flying to all parts of the ground in the final session on Day Two off his favourite Delta bat, as Australia took control of the contest.
“I couldn’t be happier with the GN gear and in particular my Delta bat. It gives me the confidence to go out and play knowing my gear is the best in the world.”
Head was one of three Gray-Nicolls players to feature in the Second Test at the Adelaide Oval, alongside all-rounder Cameron Green and fast bowler Michael Neser. Head’s form continued with another half-century to his name in the second innings.
Neser was finally rewarded with a maiden Baggy Green cap and played a crucial role in Australia's win in Adelaide.