'This is absurd': Travis Head powers to historic one-day innings

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South Australian captain Travis Head belted a historic 230 against Queensland, the second-highest domestic one-day score in Australian history. (Photo by James Elsby/Getty Images)
South Australian captain Travis Head belted a historic 230 against Queensland, the second-highest domestic one-day score in Australian history. (Photo by James Elsby/Getty Images)

South Australia captain Travis Head has smashed the second-highest one-day score in domestic history, belting 230 from 127 balls against Queensland at in Adelaide.

After being dropped from the Test team last summer, Head pushed his case in emphatic fashion at Karen Rolton Oval, weeks after smashing 163 in the Sheffield Shield.

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Head is now the only Australian batsman to have scored two one-day double-centuries, having scored 202 against WA back in 2015.

Only WA's D'Arcy Short has scored more in a one-day innings with his memorable knock of 257.

It took the South Australian captain just 38 balls to reach his first fifty on Wednesday, before a six brought up the century from just 68 balls.

Commentary legend Kerry O'Keefe was in awe of what he was witnessing.

“This is short form batting at it’s very best,” he said.

Michael Neser was eventually able to dismiss Head, but not before South Australia had run up an imposing target of 8/391.

The boundaries took a beating to the tune of 25 fours and seven sixes.

South Australian opener Jake Weatherald made 97, helping set the side up for their first win in any format for over 12 months.

Head's masterclass innings generated substantial buzz on social media.

The Redbacks skipper surpassed Tasmanian Ben Dunk's 229 against the Bulls in 2015 in reaching his second domestic one-day double-ton - he made 202 against WA in 2015.

Short and Dunk are the only other batsmen to have made domestic one-day double-centuries.

Head's campaign to win back his spot in the Test team has gotten off to a strong start, with head coach Justin Langer getting in touch after his Sheffield Shield knock.

Agar stands by under-pressure coach Langer

Ashton Agar would be "absolutely shattered" if subjected to the sort of public critique directed at Justin Langer, adding he is full of respect for Australia's coach and his unwavering values.

Player unease about Langer and his approach ignited intense speculation about the future of the former Test opener, who is contracted until mid-2022.

Langer's posting of a motivational message on LinkedIn made headlines this week but the issue hit its crescendo in August, when Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley publicly backed Langer to remain coach for the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes.

Hockley, CA chairman Earl Eddings and on-field leaders Tim Paine, Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins even met to discuss "the elephant in the room".

Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings, pictured with coach Justin Langer, has resigned on the eve of the annual general meeting. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings and coach Justin Langer met with other key figures to chart a course forward some months ago. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Langer and Australia's T20 World Cup squad will assemble later this week ahead of their tournament-opener against South Africa on October 23.

Agar, a long-time mentee of Langer at both domestic and international level, said he and teammates know the head coach is listening to feedback and will do "whatever he can to suit the needs of the team".

"You can't help but respect that and we'll back him in 100 per cent at this tournament and going forward," Agar told reporters from the UAE.

"He's got strong values and morals as a person and he sticks to them, unwaveringly. Knowing him over 10 years, not a lot has changed.

"I respect him a lot for that.

"We just have to have a bit of understanding around how horrible that experience (in recent months) would have been and respect someone coming out of that and still doing their best."

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