Test cricketer Travis Head visits Tintinara

Tintinara Action and Lions Club's joint meeting featured a high profile quest speaker, with Australian Test cricketer Travis Head dropping by to talk everything cricket.

Most importantly, the money raised from the night will be donated to Beyond Blue, which helps people struggling with various mental disorders.

Travis' uncle and Tintinara local, David Head, encouraged anyone who isn't feeling themselves to get the necessary help, because people struggling with a mental illness can become "unproductive" and a "shadow of their normal selves".

After the speech on mental health, the floor was given to Travis, who was interviewed by Action Club member Luke Schreiber.

With the Ashes series commencing on August 1, Travis was asked what his pathway was to securing his place in the first Test match at Edgbaston.

"Over the next couple of weeks I'll be focusing on getting my fitness up to a suitable level, after a small break.

"The next step for me is to continue to score runs, because over the past year there have been some brilliant performers in the Sheffield Shield competition, with the likes of Marcus Harris and Matthew Wade making plenty of runs," Travis said.

One of the biggest sporting stories in Australian sport, the ball tampering saga saw two of Australia's best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, banned from playing any form of cricket for 12 months.

When asked about their potential return to the national team, Travis stated that he'd welcome both of them back with open arms.

"They are they are two of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket and are way too good to not be playing for Australia.

"Steve and David have learnt from their mistakes and are hungry to return and wins games for Australia," Travis said.

South Australia's state cricket team the 'Redbacks' have had another tough season, finishing last for the second consecutive season.

Travis was asked about the reason behind the Redbacks' poor performances over the last two seasons.

"It has been difficult because the team made two straight finals, before dropping off during the last two years.

"We have the talent to be a strong Sheffield Shield team, but our batting has been something that has really let us down.

"Our bowlers have had the hard task to defend small totals this season and you can't expect them to save us all the time."

The final part of the interview allowed for locals to ask their own questions, which covered topics such as how cricket bats have changed over the years and the problem with slow over rates.

The Tintinara Action and Lions Club were extremely happy with how the night went and thanked Travis for taking time to drop by and speak at the meeting.

To anyone who is struggling with a mental illness and needs support, contact Beyond Blue at 1300 22 4636.