Australia's Travis Head smashes his third ODI hundred: Key stats
Australian opener Travis Head registered his third ODI ton in the final match of the three-match series against England on Tuesday. The southpaw clubbed a 130-ball 152, now his highest score in 50-over cricket. It's his second fifty-plus score in the series, having bashed 69 in the first outing. Besides, it's his second ton in ODIs this year. We decode his stats.
Second ODI ton in 2022
It's turning out to be a prolific year for Head in ODI cricket. He has clocked five 50-plus scores across nine innings, starting from Australia's tour of Pakistan in March. His scores read 101(72), 89(70), 0(1), 23(34), 70*(65), 27(33), 69(57), 19(28), and 152(130).
Head enters the record books!
As per ESPNcricinfo, Head's 152 is now the sixth-highest score by an Aussie batter in ODIs at home. He pipped Andrew Symonds' knock of 151 (vs Sri Lanka). It's the fifth-highest total by an Australian in ODIs played at MCG. Meanwhile, it's the seventh-highest individual score overall at MCG in the format. Jason Roy's 180 stands tall.
Notable numbers for Head
Head (152) now holds the second-highest score by an Australian against the Englishmen in ODI cricket. He ranks behind former Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson (161*) in this regard. Also, it's the joint-seventh-highest tally by a batter versus the Three Lions in One Day Internationals. He surpassed Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq (151). Interestingly, Head now shares this record with Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya.
Head-Warner prove to be handful for England
Head and Warner blasted the Englishmen left, right, and center. The pair fetched a colossal 269-run stand for the opening wicket. As per ESPNcricinfo, it's the highest opening partnership in ODIs at MCG. Meanwhile, it is the eighth-highest opening partnership overall in the format, ranking above Finch and Warner's 258*-run stand against India at Wankhede.
Maiden ODI ton against England
Head continued his red-hot form to clock his maiden ODI hundred against England. He breached the 600-run mark against the arch-rivals (635). He averages a stellar 52.91 across 13 innings. Besides a ton, he has racked up six fifties versus the Three Lions (SR: 104.78). On the boundary front, Head has dispatched 80 fours and eight sixes.
Decoding Head's ODI numbers
Head marked his debut against West Indies in 2016. He has since clobbered 1,823 across 51 matches, striking at a healthy rate of 95.74. He has slammed 13 fifties, besides three hundreds. At home, Head has smacked 801 runs at 47.11 (100s: 2, 50s: 5). Meanwhile, he owns 1,022 runs at away venues, averaging 36.50 (100s: 1, 50s: 8).
How did Australia's inning pan out?
Australia were unfazed as they raced to 64/0 in the Powerplay. Head and Warner continued their onslaughts to register a 200-plus stand for the opening wicket Australia fumbled for a while after losing two-set batters, but a solid finish from Mitchell Marsh (30) got them through (355/5). For England, seamer Olly Stone was the best bet (4/85) during the rain-reduced 48 overs of play.