Only 4 Australian gamers have ever made greater than 200 in a home one-day sport, and now one among them has accomplished it for a second time in a shocking solo efficiency.
Test hopeful Travis Head laid a severe early season Ashes marker with a tremendous double-century for South Australia as he put his identify within the historical past books and helped his workforce break a 20-month profitable drought.
The Redbacks captain, who turned his axing from the Test workforce final summer time in to a bumper season along with his state, has begun his marketing campaign for a saggy inexperienced recall in fashion, changing into the primary Australia to attain two one-day double-hundreds after making 230 towards Queensland.
Winless in all types of the sport final season, Head’s knocked was the important thing in ending the drought for South Australia in a 68 run win after an absolute batting-fest with 703 runs scored between the 2 groups
Driven to get his workforce on the winner’s listing for the primary time since February, 2020, Head began like a prepare towards at Karen Rolton Oval and completed like a steamroller in his epic knock of 230 off simply 127 balls.
It got here after Head additionally scored 163 in his lone Sheffield Shield innings final month in a limp draw towards Western Australia, which made his thirst for a breakthrough Redbacks win insatiable.
The 27-year-old blasted 28 fours and eight sixes in his innings, which bettered the 202 he made in 2015 and now leaves him second behind solely West Australian slugger D’Arcy Short’s epic 257 scored in 2018.
Head joined an elite world huge with solely two different males having scored greater than two double centuries in one-day cricket; India‘s Rohit Sharma, who has three at international level, and Surrey’s Ali Brown.
“It was nice to get some good runs and contribute to a really good win,” Head mentioned post-game, then deferred consideration to the efforts of his bowlers in bowling Queensland out.
But it was the left-hander who was at his belligerent finest as he raced to a 38-ball half-century earlier than citing his ninth List A century off simply 65 balls with a six, the quickest in SA historical past.
He was not even near accomplished, nevertheless, and actually received motoring after that, citing his 150 26 balls later, this time with a 4.
A rain interruption was the one hope for the Queenslanders, however when the skies cleared, Head continued on his merry means.
He reached 200 off simply 114 balls with 25 fours and 7 sixes in his wonderful run haul.
Former Australian leg-spinner Kerry O’Keeffe, in commentary for Fox Sports that Head had returned from a County season with Sussex a greater participant.
“Travis Head is back big time baby,” O’Keeffe mentioned.
“Whatever’s occurred within the low season in England, he appears to be like a greater participant.
“He’s extra assured, he’s choosing balls up so rapidly, he’s pouncing on something quick.
Peace lastly got here for the Queensland bowlers when Head was dismissed by Michael Neser shortly earlier than SA’s innings ended on a mammoth 8-391.
Head’s rating was the thirteenth hundred in simply 4 home video games this season and took his private run haul to 412 in simply three innings.
That quantity was practically 14, along with his teammate Jake Weatherald was out for 97 because the Redbacks set Queenslander 392 for victory.
Rookie Bulls bowler Connor Sully got here in for explicit punishment, conceding 51 runs off his 5 overs, with Test star Marnus Labuschagne additionally going for 23 runs off his two overs.
Labuschagne then missed out with the bat in a rain-interrupted Queensland chase, dismissed for simply six in his first innings for the home summer time, with Bulls captain Usman Khawaja additionally out cheaply for less than 12.
A quickfire begin from Sam Heazlett, who belted 93 from 59 balls in his personal batting blitz, wasn’t sufficient for the Bulls who had been all out for 312 with Redbacks leg-spinner Lloyd Pope and recruit Brendan Doggett every taking 4 wickets.
The two groups will now meet in a Sheffield Shield sport beginning on Friday.
HIGHEST ONE-DAY SCORES BY AUSTRALIANS
257 – D’Arcy Short 148 balls 15 4s 23 6s – WA v Queensland, 2018
230 – Travis Head 127 balls 28 4s 8 6s – SA v Queensland, 2021
229* – Ben Dunk 157 balls 15 4s 13 6s Tasmania v Queensland, 2014
202 * – Phil Hughes 151 balls 18 4s 6s Australia Av SA A 2014
202 – Travis Head 120 balls 20 4s 12 6s, SA v WA 2015
Originally revealed as South Australian captain Travis Head blasts his second home 200 in a shocking one-day innings in Adelaide