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Moxon believes Yorkshire fans will see a better Travis Head this year

— 20 March 2017

Martyn Moxon believes Yorkshire fans will see a better Travis Head this year than they did last year given his added international experience.

Head has been signed on as the Vikings specialist overseas player for the forthcoming NatWest T20 Blast campaign, starting July 7.

The powerful left-hander will join fellow Australian batsman Peter Handscomb in the White Rose ranks.

Head represented Yorkshire all too briefly last summer before receiving an international call-up.

  • He played four Blast matches, scoring 113 runs, one County Championship match, while also smashing a sensational 175 in a Royal London one-day Cup win over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

    Since last playing for Yorkshire, Head has posted five fifties and one century for his country in one-day international cricket.

    In all, he has represented Australia 29 times in one-day and T20 cricket since debuting in January 2016.

    His highest score was 128 against Pakistan in the Australia Day ODI at Adelaide earlier this year.

    Moxon said: “We’re delighted we’ve been able to secure Travis’s services again.

    “He spent a little bit of time with us last year and showed what he was capable of, and he’s more experienced now with the international cricket he’s played since.

    “He is talented, young and hungry, and he wants to prove himself on the world stage.

    “Trav always wanted to come back after a relatively brief stay with us last year.

    “He’s more proven now, he’s had more experience, and he’s shown his capabilities on the international stage, so I would think he is a better player now than he was last year.

    “Even last year he showed his capabilities, so we think he’s a very exciting signing.”

    Yorkshire’s director of cricket expects Head to be available for the full 14-match Blast group stage between July 7 and August 17.

    An Australian tour to Bangladesh through August and September has yet to be confirmed, and could change things for the better or for the worse.

    Finals Day takes place at Edgbaston on September 2.

    “We don’t 100 percent know yet due to the tour to Bangladesh, but the way things are going, he should be available for the qualifying stages,” continued Moxon.

    “I’m hoping it will be all of the 14 games. He may or may not be available afterwards.”

  • The ICC’s Future Tours Programme has the tour down as two Test Matches and three one-day internationals, meaning Handscomb would also be involved.

    There is also the matter of June’s (1-18) Champions Trophy tournament in England, which could drag Handscomb away from Headingley.

    “Certainly as far as four-day and 50-over cricket we have (a contingency plan), although I don’t want to go into too much detail,” added Moxon.

    “Because we think Travis is going to be available for most of the competition, we haven’t got a T20 contingency.”

    Handscomb will be available for the start of the County Championship season on April 7, against Hampshire at Headingley, although Adil Rashid will miss the clash.

    England centrally contracted duo Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow will both miss the first two matches.