Yorkshire look for replacement after Travis Head is called up

Yorkshire's Travis Head
Yorkshire's Travis Head

YORKSHIRE are trying to sign a replacement for overseas batsman Travis Head for their remaining six County Championship games.

Director of cricket Martyn Moxon today confirmed that the club will look to replace the Australia star, who has been drafted in for his country’s tour of Sri Lanka.

However, regulations mean that Yorkshire cannot sign a replacement to play in the NatWest T20 Blast and the Royal London Cup, with the club through to the quarter-finals of both competitions.

Head, 22, has left the club with immediate effect to prepare for the forthcoming one-day international series.

Commenting on Head’s departure, Moxon said: “We would like to thank Travis for his efforts while with the club, albeit for a much shorter period than we’d have liked.

“Travis is undoubtedly a real talent and has much to offer the game going forward.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to wish him well in his endeavours.”

Moxon went on: “Although the timing is not ideal, it now affords an opportunity to another member of the playing group and our focus is firmly on Thursday’s NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final against Glamorgan in Cardiff.”

Head was something of a surprise call-up for the ODI series that runs from August 21-September 4.

But after Australia went 2-0 down in the three-Test series, coach Darren Lehmann has drafted him in amid concerns about Australia’s sub-standard performances on the sub-continent, with Head joining preparations for the forthcoming third Test in Colombo.

Lehmann said: “We want Trav to come in for prep (for the third Test). He’s not going to play, there’s no doubt about that.

“We see him as a really exciting young player for the future and want to give him as much experience around our Test group and one-day group as we possibly can.

“We’ve been impressed with him. That’s why he has come in a bit early. He is a young player who has the attributes we think are quite important here.”