Joe Burns remains in contention for an spot on Australia’s batting order for the opening test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Adelaide on Thursday, despite a poor run of form.
While his recent first class forms suggests the Queenslander should perhaps miss out on selection for the series opener, selection for either of Australia’s opening two spots remain up for grabs.
In the build up to the Adelaide Test, Burns, Marcus Harris and Matthew Wade are all seen as the remaining options for Justin Langer as a final decision nears.
While Burns will be out to prove his worth and hopefully return to international cricket, footage has emerged of a somewhat heated exchange between the batsmen and Langer after facing just one ball in a net session on Tuesday.
Indian cricket journalist Bharat Sundaresan caught the discussion between the pair and believed the Australian coach wasn’t too pleased with Burns’ start to the session.
“It was an innocuous length delivery from a net bowler bowling left-arm pace, which Burns flicked around the corner. But in that brief moment, Langer seemed to have spotted an issue that he felt needed immediate attention,” Sundaresan said, per CricBuzz.
Burns has opened for Australia A in the two three-day tests against India, scoring 4, 0, 0, 1 and has scored just 62 runs across his past nine innings.