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AUS vs WI | Twitter reacts to Travis Head bizarrely losing composure to fall for 99 against part-time spinner

Cricket is brutal at times for batsmen, given how hours of exploit and carefully constructed knocks can all go in vain with one mistake or a momentary loss of concentration. Travis Head knows that feeling all too well, as he painfully fell for 99 to end the Australian innings on an amusing note.

Australia’s domination with the bat through the first two days of the opening Test of the summer, against the West Indies at the Optus Stadium, gave way to a mammoth score of 598/4, at which point skipper Pat Cummins decided to declare and send the Caribbean batters in to tackle the new ball in the last few overs of the third session. The hosts were largely spurred by double centuries from Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith while Usman Khawaja scored a valuable 65. However, perhaps the most entertaining phase of the batting innings was once Travis Head came out to play, knowing he had to accelerate in order to set up a big score before the skipper calls the team in to wrap up the innings.

The in-form batter from South Australia delivered, smacking 11 boundaries and ending with a strike rate of 104.21. When the team did not declare at Tea, it was evident that the Kangaroos were simply waiting for Travis Head and Steve Smith to reach their respective milestones. And while the latter fulfilled his part in the 153rd over, the former in a rare occasion was cleaned up for 99 that too by a part-time spinner.

Facing skipper Kraigg Braithwaite, who averages 52.84 with the ball in Tests, Head tried to fine-cut a ball close to his stumps. However, he failed to gauge the speed of the ball darting in rapidly and all he could manage was an inside edge onto the stumps, leaving him stranded just one run short of a fifth Test ton. Head’s anger was immediately evident as he walked off, ending what was a brilliant batting display by Australia on a sour note much to Twitterati’s amusement.

Oh lord!




Poor travis

Game of luck


He deserved it


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