‘Head’s on verge of Big Daddy century’: Gillespie
Travis Head is closing on the "Big Daddy" ton that will super charge his Test career says Australian great Jason Gillespie.
Australian No.6 Head (84) posted his fourth half century in seven Tests at the Gabba on Friday night before unsuccessfully reviewing an lbw verdict against Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal to be dismissed for 84.
India posted five tons and Australia none in the Border-Gavaskar series loss. However, Tim Paine's side will be on the scent of centuries against Sri Lanka in Canberra having won the first Test in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs.
"I think he is showing some real promise," said Gillespie of Head.
"You only learn about Test cricket from playing it."
Three crucial half-centuries in his first four Tests against Pakistan and India defined Head as a young player of substance insists 71-Test speedster Gillespie.
"I have been quite impressed with him," Gillespie said. "He will want to convert a few of those starts into big scores and look out he will."
"He will get some big Daddy hundreds and he will be away."
A fast learner and student of the game, Head was appointed South Australia's youngest first-class skipper at 21. Head is perfectly positioned to flourish under national coach Justin Langer's root and branch rebuild says Gillespie.
Opener Marcus Harris and Head are emerging batsmen who will be given every chance to establish decade-long careers in the baggy green.
"He will learn and what I am really excited about from JL and the selectors' perspective is they are going to give a number of these guys opportunity," Gillespie said.
"He is going to keep managing that. He has some wonderful people around."
Gillespie last season promoted Head to captain Adelaide Strikers and was rewarded with an inaugural BBL title.
"We weren't expecting to see much of him this season but he is the leader of the franchise, so involved and excited," Gillespie said.
"Trav keeps in touch even when he is with the Test side."
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