Australian Test star Head is coming to Sussex - a year late

Sussex and Travis Head have agreed to defer his overseas contract from the 2020 season to 2021 in light of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding this year’s domestic cricket campaign.

Travis Head in BBL action / Picture: Getty

Head, who has worked under Sussex head coach Jason Gillespie at Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash, will be available for all formats upon his arrival next year.

Gillespie said: “We are delighted to announce that Travis has committed to us for next year. It is clear that this season is going to be difficult and we are keen to develop a longer-term relationship between Travis and the club, so this suits both parties. We look forward to seeing Travis at Hove next season.”

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Head added: “While it is very disappointing, it is clear that there are many difficulties surrounding the 2020 English domestic cricket season and we all agree this is in the best interests of all concerned. I very much hope some domestic cricket is played in England this summer and I look forward to playing my part in 2021.”

Head has played 17 Test matches for Australia, scoring 1091 runs at an average of 41.96, including a top score of 161 against Sri Lanka in Canberra in February 2019.

In 42 one-day internationals, he has made 1,273 runs at an average of 34.40, with ten fifties and one century, and in 16 international T20s he has scored 319 runs at a strike-rate of 130.20.

Head’s domestic career in Australia has seen him lead South Australia to Sheffield Shield finals in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 – the state’s first since 1995-96 - as well as captaining Adelaide Strikers to their maiden Big Bash League title in 2017-18.