The Australian team is in a strong position heading into the final of the World Test Championship. Australia put up a big score when batting first thanks to the important contributions of Travis Head and Steve Smith. On the first day, both of them were consistent on the pitch with 146* and 95* runs respectively. The next day, Smith completed his 31st Test century. Head also had a chance to make a big record. However, he was unable to do so as he fell just one run short.
The WTC final between India and Australia will be played at the Oval in London. Both teams are guests here. India won the toss and decided to bowl first. On the next day, the Australian team started with 327 for 3. Travis Head (), who scored a century on the first day, became the victim of Mohammad Siraj on the second day. In the seventh over of the day, Head scored 163 and was caught by the wicketkeeper. Head had a chance to break the 111-year-old record in this match.
Travis Head could be the biggest innings batsman for the Australian team at a neutral venue. This record is currently held by Warren Bardsley. He played against South Africa at Lord’s Stadium in 1912, scoring 164 runs. Had Head made one more run in the WTC final, he could have broken Bardsley’s record. Head has now moved up to number two on the list. The name of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is on the third and fourth positions in the list. (A chance to break the 111-year-old record was missed by Travis Head)
Highest run-scorer for Australia at a neutral venue
164 – Warren Beardsley v South Africa, Lord’s, 1912
163 – Travis Head v India, The Oval, 2023
150 – Ricky Ponting v Pakistan, Sharjah, 2002
141 – Ricky Ponting v Pakistan, Colombo, 2002
141 – Usman Khawaja v Pakistan, Dubai, 2018
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