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Head ready to adapt for Champions Trophy bid

Travis Head says he will bat anywhere in the top order for Australia.
Travis Head says he will bat anywhere in the top order for Australia. Morne de Klerk

TRAVIS Head says he is happy to bat anywhere in the top six as Australia prepares for its assault on the Champions Trophy in England this week.

The 23-year-old left-hander has already shown good form as the Aussies defeated Sri Lanka in a warn-up for the tournament at The Oval last week.

Head batted five and scored 85 as Steve Smith's men chased down Sri Lanka's 319 with two balls to spare.

Aaron Finch opened the batting with David Warner, scoring 137, to set up the win but the South Australian captain steadied the ship as wickets tumbled before Pat Cummins scored the winning runs as the Australians finished on 8-320.

There has been speculation that Head could partner Warner in Friday's opening clash in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston against New Zealand but with Finch surely now locking down that role, Head said he was comfortable anywhere in the top order.

"It was nice to get runs but as I keep saying, I'm adaptable, so one to six doesn't faze me, as long as I'm playing cricket for Australia,” he said.

"It was nice to be there at the end. I've had a few opportunities to do the same thing and I haven't been able to.

"It's pleasing to get out there and make a few runs and spend some time out in the middle.”

Apart from Finch and Head, the Aussie batsmen struggled against Sri Lanka with Warner (19), Chris Lynn (19), Moises Henriques (10), Glenn Maxwell (0), Matthew Wade (13) and Marcus Stoinis (15) all falling cheaply.

The bowling attack also fiound it hard, with James Pattinson finishing with figures of 1-80 from his 10 overs and Josh Hazlewood with 1-69 after he was belted for 23 from his last six deliveries.

Despite a few hiccups, Head said the hit-out was just what the team needed, especially with a number of players getting used to the 50-over game again after playing in the Indian Premier League.

"They batted extremely well at the end,” he said of Sri Lanka.

"We tried a few different things and were able to experiment and try some different plans. But in the end it was the perfect chase and it was nice to get it in the end.

"It's nice to not have the pressure (with) it being a warm-up game, but you still want to win the game so there was pressure there.”

Australia takes on Pakistan tonight in a warm-up game at Edgbaston.

Topics:  aaron finch australia cricket team champions trophy david warner one-day internationals travis head


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