The opener of Australian cricket team, Joe Burns who was dropped from the squad for the final Test match against Sri Lanka will be leading the Australia A team that will face the India A next month.
This is a chance for Burns to prove his credentials and make a comeback in the team. A good show will not guarantee him a place in playing XI as Shaun Marsh who replaced Burns in the team came up with the century and made use of the opportunity given to him. So he has really fight it out hard to get his national seat back.
Along with Burns, the selectors have also selected Jackson Bird and Jon Holland. Both were part of the team that toured Sri Lanka. Bird was benched for the whole series whereas Holland who replaced injured Steve O’Keefe played two games but couldn’t produce any magical spells on spinner friendly wickets. Along with them the young batsman Travis Dean has also been given the first break.
Dean last year made his first-class debut and became only first batsman to score a century in both innings in Sheffield trophy on debut.
“Joe Burns will join both matches to give him the further opportunity, and also have the chance to play a leadership role as vice-captain in the first match, then captain of the second,” Marsh said. “Peter Handscomb proved himself in Australia A’s victory over South Africa A in the longer format and will benefit from having a further leadership role in the first match before returning to Victoria to refresh ahead of the domestic season.” Said the chief selector Rod Marsh.
The selectors will keep a keen eye on the series as Australian team has a long season to go ahead this year.
Australia A squad for the first match:
Peter Handscomb (c), Joe Burns (VC), Cameron Bancroft, Travis Dean, David Moody, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Swepson, Beau Webster, Sam Whiteman, Dan Worrall.
Australia A squad for the second match:
Joe Burns (c), Kurtis Patterson (VC), Jackson Bird, Hilton Cartwright, Travis Dean, Sam Heazlett, Jon Holland, David Moody, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, Beau Webster, Sam Whiteman.