Head a chance after Maxwell injury

Travis Head has proven himself with both and ball with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. Photo: AAP Image.
Travis Head has proven himself with both and ball with the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. Photo: AAP Image.

 Star short-form batsman Travis Head is in line to make his international debut against India in the first of three Twenty20 internationals at his home ground, Adelaide Oval, tomorrow.

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell will miss this match because of a hamstring injury, creating a spot for either Head or Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn, who was crowned the player of BBL 05 with 378 runs.

Head (pictured) has enjoyed an amazing Big Bash campaign for Adelaide with the bat, highlighted by a match-winning 101 not out against the Sydney Sixers on New Year's Eve.

Maxwell flew home to Melbourne as the rest of the T20 squad arrived in Adelaide for the first game of the three-match series.

"He (Maxwell) has still got a little slight hamstring niggle so ... he will spend a few days in Melbourne at home and join the squad when we get there in a couple of days," acting coach Michael Di Venuto told reporters at Adelaide airport.

Di Venuto will take over as head coach for the T20 series from Darren Lehmann, who is in a Sydney hospital suffering from deep vein thrombosis.

Di Venuto said it was unknown if Lehmann would be cleared to coach Australia on next month's tour of New Zealand.

"The good news is he's on the road to recovery," Di Venuto said. "He's in good spirits and his health is improving ... hopefully Boof will be right in a week or so."

Lehmann also experienced a DVT back in 2007 when he was still a player.



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