Australian cricket coach Andrew McDonald has defended his decision to snub Travis Head from the first two ODIs of the five-match series against Sri Lanka, despite Head’s brilliant recent form in the 50-over format.
Head belted a century in Australia A’s one dayer against Sri Lanka A on Friday and scored the second-most runs of any Aussie in the ODI leg of this year’s Pakistan tour.
But the reigning Ashes Man Of The Series won’t line up in the first two Sri Lanka ODIs, which are taking place on Tuesday and Thursday.
Instead, David Warner is set to take Head’s spot at the top of the batting order while he plays in Australia A’s first-class match in Hambantota from Tuesday.
McDonald said Head’s priority needed to be practising his red-ball skills before the Test series.
On Tuesday, Warner and Steve Smith are returning to the side for their first ODIs since 2020. Head could join them in the team later in the series.