Melbourne: Australia head coach Justin Langer has indicated that Joe Burns (Joe Burns) as the opening partner of David Warner in the first match of the 4 Test series against India, despite the brilliant form of young batsman Will Pucovski. Can be retained.
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Burns scored an average of 32 for Australia last summer and his performance at the start of the Sheffield Shield season was also not good, scoring 57 runs at an average of 11.40. On the other hand, 22-year-old Pukowski scored two consecutive double centuries. He scored 202 against Western Australia and 255 against South Australia.
Langer said, ‘Will Pukowski is doing everything that makes it possible for him to play in the first Test but we have to think about it. The last time we played Test cricket, we loved the pairing of Joe Burns and David Warner. There is a really good synergy between them and on this basis I would say it has to be maintained.
Burns and Warner have scored 1365 runs as an opening pair at an average of 50.56. He has played an important role in taking Australia to the top of ICC Test rankings. Langer said, “We should not ignore even the players who played an important role in getting us to the position we are in today. This has been an important reason for the success of Australian cricket team for a long time.
He said, ‘We have gone through a period where we have put many players in and out and I believe that we should take the side of our players. This can change, but it is a very strong belief that can be maintained. India will begin four Test matches with a day-night Test in Adelaide on 17 December. Langer has said that the position of the opening pair will become much clearer after Australia’s first three-day warm-up match.
He said, ‘It is always good when you know which player is playing in a Test match. Things may change but after the Australia A team’s first match, the situation will become more clear as to who is going to start the innings in the first Test match. India’s tour of Australia will begin with three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals after which the Test series will be played.