Yorkshire rocked by Travis Head call-up

Yorkshire's Travis HeadYorkshire's Travis Head
Yorkshire's Travis Head
YORKSHIRE's hopes of completing an historic treble have been hit by the news that overseas star Travis Head has been called up by Australia.

The 22-year-old batsman was today selected by his country for the five-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka that runs from August 21-September 4.

Head leaves Yorkshire with immediate effect to train with the Test squad in Colombo prior to the ODI series.

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The left-hander was initially omitted from the ODI squad but, after Australia went 2-0 down in the three-Test series, coach Darren Lehmann has drafted him in amid concerns about Australia’s sub-standard displays on the sub-continent.

Lehmann said: “We want Trav to come in for prep (for the third Test). He’s not going to play, there’s no doubt about that.

“We see him as a really exciting young player for the future and want to give him as much experience around our Test group and one-day group as we possibly can.

“We’ve been impressed with him. That’s why he has come in a bit early. He is a young player who has the attributes we think are quite important here.”

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Head’s call-up rules him out of Thursday’s NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final against Glamorgan at Cardiff, along with the Royal London Cup quarter-final against Kent at Canterbury the following Thursday.

Yorkshire also face a key period of County Championship cricket, with six games still to play - starting with Saturday’s Roses match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.