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by Manuj Sharma Monday 5 December 2016
Australia middle order batsman Travis Head said he was pleased to have contributed to his side's 68-run victory in the first One-Day International against New Zealand in Sydney.
After restricted to 92 for four at one stage, Australian innings were resurrected by a 127-run stand for the fifth wicket between Steven Smith and Head.
Smith scored a mammoth 164 while Head supported him with a fluent 52. The 22-year-old expressed disappointment on not converting his score to a bigger one.
"I have always wanted to bat till the end and win games for Australia.
"I was not able to do it yesterday but was able to contribute to the win which was satisfying. Tomorrow hopefully it is another big score or a not out. You can always improve but it is good to be part of a win."
Head also had high praises for his skipper Smith, who scored his maiden ODI century against the Black Caps.
"Steven Smith did most of the work at the other end in the partnership. To be in the position we were and to get to where we ended was a match-winning partnership. It was fantastic to bat out there and it was an unbelievable innings from Smith."
"Expecting another high-scoring wicket [tomorrow]. It is a good batting wicket from what I have seen. It gives me good chance to score some more runs."
The dismissal of BJ Watling was special for the Australians as their skipper Smith made a full fledged dive to his left and picked a stunner at backward point and Head described it as a "game changer".
"I had a pretty good look at it [catch], was exactly opposite to it in the boundary. It is a special catch and a game changer."
The South Australian batsman also indicated that Australia are likely to stick to the same plans for the second game in Canberra, which meant that Glenn Maxwell, who sat out of the first game due to indiscipline will have to wait for his comeback chance.
"When you win like we did yesterday, I'm not expecting it to change too much," Head told reporters in Canberra on Monday. "(But) it's not my job to do that. I get told where I'm put and try to perform.
"The pressure is always on in the side. In any Australian cricket side, you've probably got five guys that are banging down the door that aren't in the squad," Head added.
"The competition for spots is always on. And when you're in the side, it's equally as hard to stay in it. You have to be performing, but I am definitely not feeling comfortable.
"I'm happy with the performance but was disappointed to have got out and done all that hard work having got to 50 and helped build that partnership.
"If I can keep performing then I can stay in the side and that's what I hope to do."
Australia will be hope to seal the series when they take on New Zealand in the second ODI in Canberra on Tuesday.
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