Cricket-Australia’s Burns fit and eager to return to Melbourne


SYDNEY, December 21 (Reuters) – There are still many questions about Australia’s opening partnership for the second test against India, but one thing is almost certain: Joe Burns will face the new ball at Melbourne Cricket Ground later this week.

Burns entered the first test on extremely poor form – 62 first-class races in nine innings – but scored half a century to lead Australia to victory at Adelaide Oval on Saturday, sealing the victory with a six. the innings could be intended to be a footnote in the records of this remarkable test after the Aussie bowlers contested 36 points in India, but it clearly didn’t hurt his confidence.

“I felt fantastic there, just to do the job on a fantastic day for Australian cricket, to support our bowlers, it was really nice,” he told reporters on Monday.

“We are the best team in the world so we feel confident facing every team in every venue. Our bowlers are amazing … it’s a great luxury for our team.”

Burns took a blow to the elbow following a delivery from Jasprit Bumrah in the Australia chase on Saturday, but said he did not foresee any lasting issues from the injury.

“I had scans yesterday and there is no problem, and it was great today, so I hope there will be no more limits in the preparations for the matches to come.” , did he declare.

Burns played Adelaide with makeshift opener Matthew Wade and the Queenslander said he had not received any fitness updates from potential Melbourne mates David Warner (groin) and Will Pucovski (concussion) ).

The 31-year-old said he wasn’t bothered by the question marks over his selection before the first test and clearly knew what he needed to do for the rest of the series.

“We have three very difficult test matches,” he said. “My job and my goal is to keep going and get hundreds of wins in these games.”


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