Aussie Test star’s bizarre unwanted record

Travis Head has joined one of the most bizarre lists in cricket history, becoming just the third Australian to win a Test match without the effort of batting, bowling or taking a catch.

Head, a middle-order batsman and part-time bowler, joins Craig McDermott (England 1993) and Bill Johnston (West Indies 1955) as the only three Australians to have earned one of the most unlikeliest of all feats after Australia's series clinching victory over Pakistan in Adelaide.

The 25-year-old was set to bat at No. 6. for Australia but wasn't required as David Warner carried the batting load with an unbeaten score of 335 in the first innings.

Pakistan only managed three wickets as Australia declared at 589 and later enforced the follow-on as the tourists were unable to close in on the giant total.

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For Australia, it was a Test match where that ticked all the boxes as they dominated Pakistan and wrapped up the match on Day four.

Unfortunately for Head, Australia's dominance put him in an odd position where his talents weren't reacquired to take down the hosts.

Former Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor sympathised with Head and acknowledged it was "terrible for him" as he was unable to showcase his skills in front of the his home crowd.

"I suppose the only one we haven't answered is the Travis Head position at No. 6," Taylor said.

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"But having said that he didn't get to do anything in this Test match.

"One of three guys to play a test match for Australia to not bat bowl or take a catch.

"So, in a way it's terrible for him because he didn't get an opportunity in front of his home crowd to contribute but sometimes that's Test cricket."

The win marked just the second time in Australia's history they had won all the matches in a series by more than an innings – with the other being against Bangladesh in 2003.

Pakistan were resilient, fighting out almost five hours on day four but in the end it was futile after Australia 3(dec)-590 batted them out of the match on the first two days.

– with AAP

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