Pu­jara’s in­nings a blue­print of how to bat on this wicket: Head

The Sunday Guardian - - Sports -

ADE­LAIDE: Ap­pre­ci­at­ing Chetesh­war Pu­jara’s first in­nings hun­dred as a “blue­print” for this pitch, Aus­tralia bats­man Travis Head on Satur­day said there is a lot to learn from him in terms of ap­pli­ca­tion. “The way Pu­jara played in the first in­nings was the blue­print for this wicket,” Head said.

Head top scored with a 167ball 72 to help Aus­tralia post 235 on the third day in re­ply to In­dia’s 250 in the first es­say at the Ade­laide Oval here.

Pu­jara had pro­duced a su­perb 123 on the open­ing day to steady In­dia’s ship and hold one end up.

“He had a re­ally good leav­ing game, good for­ward de­fence, and as the ball got softer, he got more runs. Know­ing how hard the wicket can be with the ball mov­ing and the new ball, he played re­ally well.”

Head said he was gut­ted af­ter get­ting out on 72 off Mo­hammed Shami just when his stand with Nathan Lyon was blos­som­ing.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing to feel the mo­men­tum swing back. I wanted to con­tinue and felt if we could keep do­ing it for a pe­riod of time we could put them un­der pres­sure and keep them out there,” he said.

Keep­ing in mind the pitch which is spin friendly, Head said off-spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win will find it help­ful in the fourth in­nings.

“I just tried to stay busy against Ash­win. I was re­ally pos­i­tive against the off spin­ner, watch­ing the ball and not pre­med­i­tat­ing.

“It’s go­ing to be the same in the next in­nings. There’s not much rough for the left­handers but this wicket al­ways spins with the grass cov­er­age,” he said. IANS

Travis Head

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