Travis Head’s performance in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and Australia has etched his name in the annals of elite records. The left-handed batsman played a crucial role for the Australian team, showcasing his skills and resilience during his remarkable innings. However, his dismissal could prove to be a turning point in the match, providing Team India with an opportunity to regain control.
When Head came to the crease, Australia was in a relatively precarious position at 76-3. Partnering with the experienced Steve Smith, Head set about stabilizing the innings and building a formidable partnership. Their efforts propelled the Australian total to an impressive 361 runs before Head finally fell victim to the Indian bowlers.
Head’s innings was nothing short of spectacular, as he displayed an array of attacking shots and controlled strokeplay. His knock of 163 runs off just 174 balls included a staggering 25 boundaries and a six, exemplifying his dominance over the Indian bowling attack. It was a display of skill, temperament, and determination that showcased his ability to take on the best in the world.
With his exceptional performance, Head also etched his name in the record books. His score of 163 at The Oval made him the second-highest run-scorer for Australia at a neutral venue in Test cricket. Only Warren Bardsley’s 164 against South Africa at Lord’s in 1912 stands above Head’s achievement.
Highest Test scores for Australia at a neutral venue
164 – Warren Bardsley vs SA, Lord’s, 1912
163 – Travis Head vs IND, The Oval, 2023
150 – Ricky Ponting vs PAK, Sharjah, 2002
141 – Ricky Ponting vs PAK, Colombo, 2002
141 – Usman Khawaja vs PAK, Dubai, 2018