Travis gets a headstart but wants more

ON HIS WAY: Travis Head scores during his half-century at at Sydney Cricket Ground in the opening one-dayer against  New Zealand.
ON HIS WAY: Travis Head scores during his half-century at at Sydney Cricket Ground in the opening one-dayer against New Zealand. Mark Kolbe

CRICKET: Travis Head says his knock of 52 in the opening game of the Chappell-Hadlee series was his best performance for Australia but says he wants more.

The South Australia captain's innings was crucial as he helped skipper Steve Smith rebuild the innings from a perilous 4-94, putting on 127 for the fifth wicket to set up the 68-run win over New Zealand at the SCG.

But despite saying he had not played better in any of his 13 games since earning his ODI debut in the West Indies, the 22-year-old said there was room for improvement if he got the nod to play in today's second game of the three-match series at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

"I felt comfortable in my 13 games,” Head said yesterday. "It's just a matter of getting a score.

"I've said that about the 12 previous games - I want to win games of cricket for Australia. I want to be there at the end.

"I wasn't able to do that but I was able to contribute to a win which was satisfying.

"Hopefully tomorrow, it's a not-out or a really big score.”

Head kept controversial all-rounder Glenn Maxwell out of the team at the SCG.

The Australian skipper indicated Maxwell would be considered for the side today but Head said while he didn't expect too many changes following on from Sunday's win against the Kiwis, he was not guaranteed a starting place.

"I'm not expecting too much (change) when you win like we did,” he said. "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. You've got James Faulkner and Glenn who are fantastic players in any cricket side.

"You've probably got five guys that are banging down the door that aren't in the squad.”

Australia does appear set to go in with the same XI for today's clash but coach Darren Lehmann does have options if he decided to make changes.

He could elect to rest paceman Pat Cummins after his first international game back from a long-term back injury.

If that happens Faulkner could come in which will give the batting more depth.

Meanwhile, Kiwi middle-order batsman Colin Munro was hoping to build on his solid 59 at the SCG.

"It was a different sort of knock than I am used to playing,” said the 29-year-old is more renowned for big-hitting.

"Given that role to take it deeper into the innings suits my game and hopefully with a few extra batters around me ... I might be able to have a bit of a hit.”

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