Travis Head goes ballistic with record-breaking double century


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.

Travis head bends his legs and holds his bat out in front of him to hit a ball up behind him
Travis Head was at his inventive best against the Queenslanders.(Getty Images: James Elsby)

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.



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