South Australian Travis Head is in for the fight next season after using words like “frustrating” and disappointing to sum up just the second winless season in domestic cricket history.
The Redbacks were consigned to the history books after falling short in the final one-day game of the season against Victoria, losing by 27-runs on Thursday.
Like most of the season there was some fight, Head particularly making 77 off just 55 balls as they tried to chase 312.
But there was no victory, and SA became the second team, after Tasmania, to not record a single win in either the Sheffield Shield or one-day competition.
Head, who said there would a few days off before end-of-season interviews for all players next week, wants to keep the captaincy and lead the fightback.
“Absolutely I want to. But without a win, it’s up to the boss,” he said after the loss.
“I feel like that aside, the process, what we are doing leading in, I’ve played well with the leadership, it brings the best out of me, I like leading for the front.
“It’s been a tough season but I enjoy the challenge of that. I want South Australia to have success and I feel like I can hopefully bring that.
“I feel like we have got the guys there, especially in Shield cricket, to start competing and win more games.”
Head finished the season as his team’s leading run-scorer in both Shield (893 runs at 69) and the one-day competition (276 runs at 55).
He conceded the team effort in the one-day competition was “poor”, but said the Shield side showed signs the bounce back could come.
“You can look at the season in two different ways. Out Shield team battled hard, we had some opportunities tot win some games, we drive some games, that was really positive,” Head said.
“But one-day cricket has been really disappointing.
“The team we had, when you rock up at the start of the season, we thought we could compete. To come out with no wins in this format especially is really frustrating, the way we have played has been really poor.
“I think the Shield stuff is a little different. We should have won a couple of them.
“It’s a frustrating finish. We’ve got a few days off then next week the individual players will have their review with the coach “That’s the important process after a season.
“We’ve got to get better, we have to find the guys to compete.”
Changes have already begun with veterans Callum Ferguson and Chadd Sayers retiring after stellar careers for their state and more changes likely to the squad.