Head ‘optimistic’ of return towards Netherlands however Australia cautious of dashing him in

Travis Head is optimistic he might return to play towards Netherlands on Wednesday however Australia might err on the aspect of warning together with his hand harm given he’s nonetheless but to have a full batting session towards bowlers after solely just lately arriving in India.

Head has linked up with Australia’s squad in Delhi having watched Australia’s first 4 matches of the World Cup from his sofa in Adelaide whereas he recovered from the damaged left hand he suffered simply over 5 weeks in the past on the tour of South Africa.

Australia’s selectors took an enormous gamble by protecting Head within the 15-man squad regardless of the very fact he was unavailable for the early a part of the event with chair George Bailey stating on Saturday that Head would slot straight again in on the high of the order regardless of the chic type of Mitchell Marsh.

Head revealed he has had 4 hits within the nets since getting his hand out of a splint. He started by hitting tennis balls solely and progressed to going through the sidearm within the nets in Delhi on Saturday. He is optimistic about enjoying towards the Netherlands on Wednesday however Saturday’s conflict with New Zealand in Dharamsala seems a extra doubtless return date.

“I had a really good hit yesterday,” Head stated on Sunday in Delhi. “I think each session is getting better but again we’ve got to be mindful of the fact that I think it was five weeks [since the injury] a couple of days ago, and I sort of got told [around] that six-week mark.

“Everything retains going nicely, however once more, it is [about] how I wakened this morning. It’s how I can probably again up tomorrow and practice.

“Still a few things I need to tick off but I’m optimistic. We’ll see what happens. If it continues on this rate, who knows. Keep doing things day-by-day to hopefully give yourself the best chance.”

Head stated he was assured the bone had healed, and it was solely a little bit of ache and stiffness within the hand that he needed to take care of. He additionally must regain energy and mobility in his left hand given it had been immobilised in a splint for 4 weeks though he doesn’t suppose it should have an effect on his energy.

“I don’t hit massive sixes anyway, so maybe I’ll just keep them on the carpet a little bit more,” Head stated.

He has been in a position to bowl throughout his time without work however his bowling, while helpful, just isn’t crucial to his return. Fielding is the opposite main question.

“I’ve been doing some catching but not at full tilt yet,” Head stated. “So that’s another thing we need to tick off over the next few days. I’m optimistic. Obviously, it’s important to understand the process. Not trying to rush it too much because that can set us back. But it feels good. Catching hasn’t been an issue so far. The progression over the next couple of days is to field and see where I’m at.

“[I’ll] take it gradual to verify as soon as I come again that I’m prepared simply to remain there.”

Head was very grateful to the selectors for keeping him in the squad. Having missed out on selection for the 2019 World Cup he thought his chances had evaporated again the moment Gerald Coetzee’s thunderbolt cracked his left hand at Centurion in September.

“It was not one thing that I anticipated on the time,” Head said. “Obviously [there was] a variety of feelings by way of these three or 4 days early on to suppose that I [had] missed an opportunity once more to be concerned. And I felt like I used to be contributing nicely.

“When I left [South Africa] and they put it on the table there was a lot of things that needed to go really well. Very fortunate the group stayed healthy as well because that was another scenario that might not have happened. So very happy the boys were fit and going well which meant they could keep me around, which is nice.

“But it is also good to have the boldness to probably do the appropriate issues and now it is a case of hopefully day-by-day getting higher and hopefully I can contribute on the finish and I assume pay a little bit of the religion again.”

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