Travis Head Seeks A Piece Of Advice From State Teammate Harry Nielsen To Cut Off Ashwin's Spin Web

| December 2 , 2018 , 15:18 IST

Before the start of the test series against India at Adelaide, Australia's left-handed batsman Travis Head on Sunday revealed that he will seek advice from his junior state teammate Harry Nielsen to cut-off Ravichandran Ashwin's spin web.

South Australia’s Nielsen who scored a brilliant ton against India in the in the warm-up game and fortunately who is also a left-hander, negotiated R. Ashwin (2-122) well.

Head is all set to debut for the Aussies as he has been assured of a spot in Australia’s playing XI by coach Justin Langer for the first Test starting on Thursday.

According to media reports, Travis Head said the hundred Harry Nielsen scored for Cricket Australia XI against India in the tour match proves that lefties can thrive against the dangerous Ashwin. "Harry played well against him yesterday so when he gets home off the plane I’ll have a word to him. He’s a world-class bowler, but I think we’ve got some world-class batters as well. So I think it’ll be a good contest."

Further, Head also said, "I faced Ashwin a couple times in IPL before this, so don’t have much experience of playing him in Test cricket. But we have batsmen who can play spin well."

"Look, it is not just about one spinner. If we play six right-handers, they will play Ravindra Jadeja who is another good bowler. I think it will be a good contest."

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Head also believes Australian pacers will be able to put pressure on India skipper Virat Kohli, who has toured Australia twice in the past, scoring five centuries -- including three in Adelaide.

"I don’t have to bowl to him so I don’t need to work out his weaknesses. But I think our bowlers will have it under control," said the left-handed batsman.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting speaking to media revealed that the hosts should pick a team comprising of their best batsmen, regardless of whether they’re left or right-handed. "They’ve just got to pick their best batting line-up, simple as that. Don’t worry if they’re all left-handed or if they’re all right-handed."

Even though Langer has said Head will "definitely" play the series opener, the 24-year-old is trying to contain his excitement ahead of a possible maiden Test at his home ground. "We’ll get through the next couple of days of training, train well, prepare well and prepare to play. I feel ready to go and hopefully I’ll get the nod. Our bowlers … they’ll test us out in the next three days, which will be good. Then you can walk out in the middle knowing you’ve prepared well and are ready to go. If I can get through those guys I think I could get through anyone in the world."