Travis Head sets a new record by hitting 230 in a huge Marsh Cup triumph

After hitting 230 to set up a comfortable win over Queensland at Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide, South Australia captain Travis Head became only third player – and the first Australian – to score two double-centuries in List A cricket.

Head joined India’s Rohit Sharma (three in ODI cricket) and England’s Ali Brown (the best score in List A cricket) as the only men to reach multiple double-centuries, with Head adding to his 202 against Western Australia in the Marsh Cup in 2015.

Head last represented Australia in one-day international cricket in 2018, when he was dropped after three single-figure scores in a series against South Africa. Since then, he has 1136 runs at an average of 63.11 and a strike rate of 121.75 in 21 List A innings, with three hundreds and six half-centuries. He continues to have a thing for Karen Rolton Oval, averaging 95 in 11 innings there in Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield cricket, with three runs in excess of 163.

Head scored from all over the field, but he was especially ruthless on short balls, hammering sixes over square leg and point. With his footwork to the spinners, he was fearless, slamming them repeatedly into the ground. In the 47th over, he finally holed out at long on.

Thanks to Heazlett’s blazing performance, Queensland got off to a flying start in the chase, racing to 2 for 132 in the 17th over. But, unlike Head, he couldn’t keep it up, sprinting down the track to Pope just to be duped, leaving him perplexed by a mile.