‘We’re going to take the risk’: The tough selection call that may have won Australia the Cricket World Cup


Travis Head has been left incredulous at his latest extraordinary big-match tour de force, declaring that “not in a million years” would he have imagined becoming Australia’s World Cup matchwinner.

In September, a fractured left hand suffered in South Africa looked set to rule Head out of the tournament in India but, backed by the selectors, he has been able to repay their faith with a series of brilliant performances, the best of which he saved until last.

It wasn’t just his extraordinary 137 that broke 100,000-plus Indian fans’ hearts in Ahmedabad, but one game-changing catch to get rid of Rohit Sharma and a couple of miserly overs with the ball that completed one of the great individual performances ever witnessed in global cricket’s biggest showpiece.

“Not in a million years would I have believed this, what an amazing day,” said the 29-year-old, who was not only the player of the match in the final, but also in the semifinal against South Africa and the World Test Championship final at The Oval, where he again tormented India with a wonderful 163.

Yet it had only been last month when Head still wasn’t sure if he’d make it to the big show after breaking his hand.

“It’s a lot better than sitting on the couch at home,” he said.

“I’m very lucky that everything went well and that I was able to get back here and all support the boys showed me.”

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