Australian opener Joe Burns, who played a career-saving knockout in the second innings of the day-night Test, has no advice for Indian batter Prithvi Shaw on how to get back into shape. Shaw failed again after being similarly fired by Pat Cummins in the second innings of the opening test. The right-handed batsman was backed by the selectors for the first Test, but he only managed one duck and four in the two innings of the day-night Test.
Burns, who himself was out of shape before crushing an undefeated fifty man, said he hopes opponent batsman Shaw doesn’t score points at all in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. The 31-year-old cricketer said he would give the Indian batsman some tips but after the Test series.
“I wouldn’t give him any advice as I’m playing against him. I hope he doesn’t make any runs at all. I don’t really know what form he is in. I didn’t follow him,” Burns said while answering a question from ANI .
“He’s clearly a good player when he plays for India. I could give advice at the end of the series, but not after the first game,” he added.
Burns was ejected by Jasprit Bumrah in the first innings after the opening batsman scored only eight runs on 41 balls, but scored an unbeaten fifty in the second essay. Burns had come up with a meager patch in this Test game because he also failed to get going in the two exhibition games against the Indians.
India stumbled on an eight wicket loss in the first Test of the four-match series. On the third day of the first Test, India was bundled for 36 in the second innings and Australia got a mediocre goal of 90 runs to lead 1-0. Australia chased the total comfortably within 21 overs with eight wickets in hand.
“It was especially nice to get back into the rhythm. I just wanted to get the job done and have a great day for Australia cricket. We also bowled well in the first inning but didn’t get any rewards,” he said. Burns.
India and Australia will close horns during the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground from December 26.
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