Travis Head dedicates maiden Test hundred to mentor Phillip Hughes

first_imgTravis Head scored his maiden Test century in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday.Head along with Joe Burns stitched together a 308-run partnership for the fourth wicket as Australia reached 384 for 4 at the close of play on the first day.As he reached the milestone, Head looked up to the sky and smiled. Head was very close with former Australian Test opener Phillip Hughes, who tragically passed away in 2014 after a bouncer struck him on the head during a first-class match.Head eventually was dismissed for 161 and looked assured during his stay at the crease and hit 21 fours and a six in his 204-ball knock, before becoming Fernando’s third victim.Take a bow, @travishead34! #AUSvSL | @Domaincomau (@cricketcomau) February 1, 2019When he was asked about his celebration he said: “Yeah [I dedicated it to] a few, but Hughesy as well, a little bit emotional to be honest,” Head told SEN Radio as he broke down into tears.”It was a little bit about trying to get the momentum back, it was a little like last week where we lost quick wickets and were a little bit under the pump, it was trying to get that momentum back. Last week I started my innings really well, left the ball really well, just tried to get that momentum back and get it to swing back our way. I felt like Burnsy and I were able to do that again,” Head, who scored 84 in Australia’s win in Brisbane over Sri Lanka last week, said.advertisement”To go out there and continue from last week, personally and as a team we put ourselves in a great position to get hundreds and weren’t able to, that was the disappointing part, but it was really good today to get out there, and once we got our chance, to make it massive,” Head added.Burns, who hit 26 fours in his unfinished 243-ball knock of a career-best 172, said that after he saw Head’s emotional state on reaching his hundred, all he wanted to do was offer his team-mate a long, strong hug to mark the moment.”It’s one of those innings today that’ll get him started in his Test career, get that first one out of the way and open the floodgates,” Burns said at the press conference at the end of the day’s play.”He was very emotional for his first hundred, out in the middle you don’t ask how someone’s feeling [but] I was just over the moon for him,” Burns said. “To see a bloke, the hard work he’s done all summer and for a number of years playing against him, you knew how good a player he was.”It’s one of those innings today that’ll get him started in his Test career, get that first one out of the way and open the floodgates. I just wanted to hug him as hard as I could for as long as I could and just keep batting with him. It was really enjoyable,” Burns added.last_img read more