Australian cricketing hero Travis Head has been crowned the Internation Cricket Council’s Men’s Player of the Month for November after his heroic World Cup final knock that led his side to victory.
Defeating host nation India by six wickets, Head collected his maiden award after starring in Ahmedabad with 163 runs and incredible catch to dismiss key opening batsman Rohit Sharma.
Before that, in Australia’s semi final, Head notched up 62 runs and nabbed two wickets, which eventually led to Australia’s sixth World Cup title.
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Head, who is now gearing up for Australia’s Test summer, which begins on Thursday against Pakistan in Perth, reflected on his “incredible” run to win the player of the month honour.
“It’s a great honour to be recognised with this award, but it is a team effort. Without my team-mates across all formats this wouldn’t have happened; so these types of awards are as much for them as they are for me,” Head said.
“It’s been an incredible 12 months for the team which it has been a real privilege to be a part of.
“The way we have navigated a home summer, away trips to India, England, South Africa, India and the World Cup has been great credit to Pat (Cummins), the players and the staff.”
World Cup 2023 team of the tournament in pictures
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Head, whose spot in the World Cup side was threatened due to a hand injury sustained during Australia’s series against South Africa in September.
Despite the setback, the 29-year-old expressed his gratitude towards the Australian selectors for allowing him to take part in what turned out to be the tournament of a lifetime for the batsman.
“I was fortunate that they kept the faith in me for the World Cup after breaking my hand, so it was a great opportunity for me to pay them back,” Head said.
“I felt the World Cup was amongst the best I have ever batted, so maybe having a rest before every campaign is the key.”
The Women’s ICC Player of the Month was awarded to Bangladesh’s Nahida Akter.
Meantime, Australia host Pakistan in the first Test on Thursday, at Optus Stadium in Perth.