Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

County Batsman Head Called Up By Australia For Odi And T20 Series

worcestershire ccc overseas player travis head has been called up by australia for the odi series with england in this country during june.

the left hander, who has played in the opening five specsavers county championship matches, will temporarily depart New Road on may 29.

he is available for the rapids initial four royal london one-day cup matches – including saturday’s opening north group game with derbyshire falcons at New Road.

head can also play in the rapids away games with yorkshire vikings (may 23) and durham jets (may 25) and the home encounter with lancashire lightning (may 27).

the 24-year-old has also been selected for australia’s t20 series in zimbabwe from july 1-8 which follows on from the odi series against england.

he will return to New Road on july 9 but will be unavailable for the rapids opening three vitality blast games with lancashire lightning away (july 5), birmingham bears home (july 6) and derbyshire falcons away (july 8).

but head will be back in time for the home game with northamptonshire on july 13.

worcestershire ceo matt rawnsley said: “travis has to link up with australia at the end of may to prepare for the odi series against england after we originally thought he would be available for the bulk of the north group programme.

“he then has been selected for a short t20 tour of zimbabwe straight after the odis before returning to us on july 9.

“we are pleased for him to get the international recognition and we will be announcing who will be our overseas replacement when details are finalised.”

head’s compatriot callum ferguson was already lined up to replaced head for the conclusion of the royal london one-day cup north group and will be available for any potential quarter-finals or semi-finals.

new zealand batsman martin guptill will be worcestershire’s other overseas player for the opening eight vitality blast games before he is replaced by ferguson for the last six matches in the north group.