South Australia’s Travis Head has become the first batsman to hit two double centuries in Australian domestic one-dayers with a record-breaking knock against Queensland.
Head smashed 230 from just 127 balls in an extraordinary innings featuring 28 fours and eight sixes on Wednesday in Adelaide.
The left-hander raced to his 100 from just 65 balls, the fastest-ever ton for SA in the one-day competition.
The Redbacks posted 8-389 from 48 overs in a rain-shortened innings, with opener Jake Weatherald making 97 from 103 balls.
But Weatherald’s knock was a sideshow as Head pulverised Queensland’s bowlers.
Head logged the second-highest individual score in domestic one-dayers, behind only Darcy Short’s 257 for WA against Queensland in 2018.
The Redbacks skipper surpassed Tasmanian Ben Dunk’s 229 against the Bulls in 2015 in reaching his second domestic one-day double-ton — he made 202 against WA in 2015.
Short and Dunk are the only other batsmen to have made domestic one-day double-centuries.
Head took just 38 balls to reach his half-century at Karen Rolton Oval — the ground where he made 163 in the drawn Sheffield Shield opener against WA late last month.
The 27-year-old then accelerated, taking another 27 balls to register his ninth domestic one-day century.
Head needed just 26 more balls to race from 100 to 150, yet still improved his scoring rate by moving from 150 to 200 in only 23 deliveries.