With Australia all set to tour Sri Lanka in a few weeks, test opener Joe Burns is eager to develop his skills as a short leg fielder. Burns is currently being cited as a test specialist for the Kangaroos, after he churned out some impressive performances against West Indies at home. However, Burns’ moment to savor came against Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand as he scored a fantastic ton in the test series away from home.
Burns, in his interaction with cricket.com.au, spoke about the significance of fielding at short leg. In Sri Lanka, with the spinners coming into the picture, the close in fielders hold the key to their sharp catching skills converting half chances into complete catches.
“It’s another one of those things with all the time off you have the luxury of doing a lot more training than I’ve ever done before in that position,” Burns said. “When you’re playing games you don’t always get the chance to train as much as you do when you’re not playing.”
“That’s a prime example where you have a few months of knowing what your job is going to be and when you’re next playing you can tailor your whole game for those conditions. “I’m really looking forward to Sri Lanka. We’ve got some really good spinners and I think they’re going to do a lot of damage. Hopefully, I can get a lot of catches in there,” Burns added.
“Everything happens so quickly in there it’s so instinctive. “I think at the end there’s no real right or wrong way to go about it. I guess it’s like batting, everyone’s got a different way of trying to do it. “It’s not an easy position but the more you do it the easier it becomes, the more you start to pick up where the ball is going to go instinctively, which gives you more time. “I think you need to be hit a few times to actually feel comfortable and lose that fear. “You just need to want to be in there.”