Australia's Travis Head during June's Champions Trophy in England.
Australia's Travis Head during June's Champions Trophy in England. Rui Vieira

Aussies may go Head first in one-day opener

CRICKET: Australia may turn back to Travis Head to partner David Warner at the top of the order for Sunday's first ODI against India in Chennai.

Already anointed as the No.4 moving forward, Head looks set to fill in afer opener was ruled out with a calf injury first sustained while playing for Surrey six weeks ago.

Test all-rounder Hilton Cartwright opened in Finch's absence in this week's warm-up game, but was dismissed for a second-ball duck.

Head, who will be asked to bowl a few overs of spin as well, scored a ton as an opener in a match against Pakistan in January and posted a half-century this week.

"I'm excited by the opportunity to go up the order again," the South Australian said ahead of the five-match ODI series.

"I've had a chance at most spots since I've come into the side.

"I feel confident and it was nice to get some time in the middle the other day to get a feel for the wicket and the conditions."

Head, 23, has played 25 ODI games, with an outstanding average of 40.7 with the bat.

"It's gone really well," he said. "I know somewhere down the line it's going to change and I've just got to be working really hard to make sure it doesn't happen (too often)."

India, meanwhile, has released its own opener Shikhar Dhawan for the first three ODIs to tend to his sick wife.