Travis Head will board a plane to Sri Lanka on Friday still shaken by a terrifying emergency landing last month on holiday.
Test star Travis Head has detailed the relief he felt putting his feet back on the ground after a “terrifying” emergency landing while on holidays in the Maldives last month.
Head will board what he hopes will be a “bit bigger” plane when he heads to Sri Lanka with teammates on Friday less than a month after the incident in which the plane he and his partner Jess Davies were on slid off the runway and ended up in a field.
The couple were among a large group of tourists stranded on an island in the Indian Ocean after their pilot ran into trouble and was forced to make the emergency landing half an hour after taking off.
Davies took to social media afterwards, labelling the experience “terrifying” and on Monday, Head said it was a “bit hairy” and his partner actually handled the incident better than he did.
“It was just a bit of weather and he overshot the runway with the plane. It was nice there was a big old paddock in front of it,” he said.
“It was a little bit hairy. Jess was a lot more calm than what I was. It wasn’t the best way to cap off a beautiful eight, nine days. It was (scary) for a split moment.
“When I got my feet on the land I was pretty happy.
“I’ve gotta get there (Sri Lanka) on a plane first, we’ll see how that one goes. It’s a bit bigger plane, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Head, who was man of the series in Australia’s triumphant Ashes victory last summer, hasn’t played since making a bold return to the Australian one-day team in Pakistan in March.
Thrust into the role of opener, the South Australian plundered a century in the opening game, a feat he wasn’t able to produce during a lean Test series.
But having been in training for three weeks, he hoped the nature of the Sri Lankan series, with white-ball games before the two Tests, would give him ample time to find his best.
“I finished the series well in Pakistan (in ODIs) and in this series I get to play Test cricket second,” said Head, who was part of the touring party the last time Australia went to Sri Lanka in 2016.
“It would be nice to get the lay of the land, play one-day cricket, whatever that looks like for me over the next few weeks leading into that Test series, which is going to be massive.
“Last time being around the group in Sri Lanka … it was a tough tour. I fully expect that again.”