Aaron Finch injury brings opportunities for Head, Maxwell


A year after his finest moment in Australian colours, Travis Head wants to reprise his role as a one-day opener in the wake of Aaron Finch's injury.

Finch has been ruled out of Friday's fourth one-dayer against England in Adelaide because of a hamstring strain.

Glenn Maxwell, who had been on the outer with selectors despite racking up a mountain of runs in Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash League this summer, has been drafted into the 14-man Australian squad.

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But it is Head who is eyeing the opening batting slot vacated by Finch.

On Australia Day last year, South Australian captain Head opened the batting and struck his highest ODI score — 128 against Pakistan.

"It was a special day to play my first one-day fixture in Adelaide and then to get some runs," Head said.

Head was dropped after consecutive failures in the series openers against England, who hold an unassailable 3-0 lead entering the fourth fixture.

And the 24-year-old has yet to be told if he's in Friday's team, let alone replacing Finch at the top of the order.

"Hopefully that opportunity comes, I'm not quite sure yet," Head said.

"If I get my opportunity tomorrow hopefully I can do the same [as last year]. It's a beautiful batting wicket and plenty of runs out there.

"I feel like I have been playing well in the Big Bash but I have been disappointed in the way I have started in this series.

"I'm happy to bat wherever … as high as I can bat is nice. I think everyone in world cricket would say the same thing in white-ball cricket — bat as high as they possibly can.

"But I'm just happy to get my opportunity again after a pretty disappointing first two games."


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