The Ashes: Travis Head backs Australia's plans against England's batsman

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins

Travis Head says Australia's bowlers will be aiming to maintain the upper hand in the Ashes series by keeping England's batsmen quiet and boundaries to a minimum.

The tourists drew first blood in the five-Test Specsavers series as they prevailed by a sizeable 251 runs at Edgbaston, the hosts all out for 146 half an hour before the scheduled tea interval on day five.

While England were seeking to bat for the draw, Head feels the tactic of bowling dry built up pressure and allowed Australia's four-man front-line attack to seize the initiative - a tactic they will look to repeat.

Head said: "We don't mind going for wickets but we've got to make sure we're consolidating and keeping the scoreboard quiet.

"We know that if we can do that there will be enough balls in the right area and enough balls to create an opportunity and then we can keep them at a low total. I think that will be the same throughout the whole series.

"A couple of ones to the boundary is better than a four. I thought we had a really good mix between trying to get wickets and containing the scoreboard."

Head contributed 35 and 51 at Birmingham, putting on useful stands alongside Steve Smith, who became only the fifth Australian to compile centuries in both innings of an Ashes match.

"I feel like I can get into a nice rhythm with (Smith) at the other end - you know he's not going anywhere," Head said of the former Australia captain.

"I was really happy we were able to bat as a partnership. He's obviously in great form - it's nice to see.

"He takes a bit of pressure off myself as they try to think of some plans to get him out so I went a little bit under the radar, which was nice. Hopefully we have a little bit more batting in the next four Tests together."

Head has been included in the XI for the tour match against Worcestershire which starts on Wednesday at New Road, where the likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will look to push their cases for inclusion in the second Test at Lord's, which gets under way on August 14.

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