Batsman Travis Head is eyeing a spot in Australia’s batting order for the upcoming Ashes series, saying he will use the domestic four-day competition to make his case.
Head, who is a regular in Australia’s limited-overs teams, will play in the first three rounds of the four-day competition before the Ashes squad is announced with national coach Darren Lehmann saying domestic form will count during selection.
What could work in Head’s favour is the fact that his State, South Australia, will take on New South Wales in the opening round with their bowling attack expected to include Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.
The quartet will also likely be Australia’s Test quartet when the first game against England gets underway in Brisbane in 23 November.
Head, who is in India with the Australia T20 side, said: “You want to play against the best team and they’re the best team in the country at full strength.
“They’re the perfect games you want to get runs in. I can’t wait to play against them.
“The selectors have been pretty open and said the blokes who are in form and are getting runs (will be in contention).
“I knew coming here (to India) that if I got runs I would have moved a bit closer to that and at least put my hand up. I haven’t been able to do that so that makes the next three Shield games more important to even put my case forward.
“I feel I’m in good form but it just hasn’t quite worked on this tour. But I hopefully I can go back and get some runs and at least put my hand up and see what happens.”