21/02/2024

Travis Head of Australia bats during day two of the Third Test match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 27, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Izhar Khan)

Player of the Series Travis Head had nothing but high praise for his best mate and fellow South Australian Alex Carey following the conclusion of the Ashes.

Player of the Series Travis Head had nothing but high praise for his best mate and fellow South Australian Alex Carey following the conclusion of the Ashes.

The 28-year-old played a starring role in both the Brisbane and Hobart Tests, the latter after missing Sydney with a bout of COVID-19.

However, one of the other highlights from a stirring series was to be able to play Test cricket alongside his best mate, Carey.

“He’s my best mate, so I want to see him do well,” Head said post-match.

“He’s had some tricky situations to come into as well. He’s had to play the team role.

“I think one thing I know with Alex is he’s such a team player, he has no hesitation in one, opening and batting in Brisbane, two, going out before we declare.”

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Carey made a half-century in the second Test right at home in Adelaide and nearly got there again in Hobart but fell short on 49.

Head also backed in Carey to fill the wicketkeeper role moving forward.

“He’s a selfless player and selfless player within the team. I know he works extremely hard, but he also wants to do as best he can,” he said.

“I know he’s disappointed that he would let a couple chances go.

“I think all in all he’s had an exceptional series. He’s batted some tricky situations, we take a lot of confidence, everyone on the team absolutely love playing with him.

“Obviously I absolutely love playing with him, playing Test cricket with your best mate is something pretty special.

“I just can’t wait for him to get that opportunity, I felt like today was going to, I think he got a little bit of luck today and it was luck he sort of needed and deserved as well for the series he’s had.”

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