Travis Head, on Tuesday, dedicated his 91-ball century vs England to his new-born daughter Milla Paige Head. The Australia batter and fellow opener David Warner stitched a 200-plus stand in the third ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

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Head hit 152 off 130 balls with 16 fours and four sixes. Head punched Chris Woakes wide of backward point to reach his third ODI century. He then did a ‘rock a baby’ celebration. 


Head and Warner’s record-breaking opening partnership

It is safe to say that Australia has found its opening pairing for next year’s World Cup in India. Travis Head and David Warner combined for a record-breaking 269-run opening partnership on November 22 at the MCG against England.

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It was the highest opening partnership in ODI history at the MCG and Australia’s second-largest opening partnership in the 50-over format. England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and chose to bat first in Melbourne.

It was a tense start for Head, who edged a delivery through the slips during the Powerplay and successfully overturned an LBW decision after Hawkeye replays revealed the ball pitched outside leg stump. He was at the score of 9.

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However, once the white Kookaburra had stopped swinging, it was all one-way traffic. Australia finished the Powerplay at 0/64, rarely offering chances once the fielding restrictions were lifted. Head and Warner smacked anything overpitched or short enough to pull through mid-wicket.

Head reached the century mark in 91 deliveries before Warner followed suit, reaching the mark in 97 balls. It was Warner’s first international century since January 2020, before the Covid-19 pandemic.

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After winning the first two games, the hosts have already clinched the three-match series. Australia won the first game by six wickets, and the second game by 72 runs. Steven Smith is the series’ leading run-scorer with 185 runs, while Adam Zampa is the series’ leading wicket-taker with 7 wickets.