Australia’s Test opening batsman Joe Burns, who got a nasty blow to his elbow during the second innings of Australia in Adelaide, has been cleared of any serious injury. On the other hand, David Warner is still recovering from the groin injury while concussed Will Pucovski, who was considered as the possible opening partner of Burns, is still under observation albeit he has not been ruled out of the series.
On Sunday, Joe Burns got hit off Jasprit Bumrah’s fast bowl on his elbow after which he was seen uncomfortable in the field. After the physio gave him the first-aid, he continued batting and in the process, found his mojo. The opening batsman, who had a struggling season, went on to score an unbeaten half-century to chase down 90 runs target and guide his team to victory in the opening match of the four-match Test series.
Joe Burns and Matthew Wade to open the innings in MCG:
As the Queenslander has been cleared of a broken arm and is set to open at the MCG, where the hosts will pursue a 2-0 series lead in the four-Test series.
As the other two regular openers have been not cleared of their respective injuries, Matthew Wade is likely to be the opening partner of Joe Burns. The former has never opened the innings in first-class before playing the first Test against India in Adelaide.
Wade took an aggressive approach like Warner in the second innings but the southpaw was dismissed in a run-out. He ran to take a single but the wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was quick to collect the ball and flick between his leg to took the bails off.
But Burns and Wade’s partnership was set to give another nightmare to India. However, Wade’s dismissal helped India to avoid giving a 10-wicket win albeit Australia has gained the lead in the Test series.
Earlier, there was a lot of debate over Joe Burn’s inclusion but Justin Langer and Tim Paine backed him and he stood up to the expectation.