Despite recently scoring a fierce century against New Zealand, Joe Burns is not guaranteed a spot in the starting XI to take on the West Indies in the Boxing Day test. The reason being that the likes of Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja are about to sneak their way back into the side. Both the left handers could play at the expense of Burns. Burns however admits that he isn’t thinking too much about the test series, and is more focused on the Big Bash League.
“I guess it’s just a sign of how strong the team is,” Burns said. “It’s been a really enjoyable last month, the team has played some fantastic cricket. I can’t control selection, just how I prepare. “I speak to Boof (Darren Lehmann) daily about coaching, about things we’re working on with my batting and fielding but when it comes to selection, I don’t want to know, I don’t want to ask questions. “It’s unnecessary to be worrying about those sort of things, it’s just a distraction that doesn’t really need to be there.”
“I’ve played cricket long enough to know it’s a tough enough game without worrying about selection. For me to be going to people and asking them about my spot in the team is a waste of time, waste of effort,” stressed Burns.
Speaking about his equation with David Warner, Burns said, “We’ve already talked about how Hayden and Langer had 14 100-run partnerships, and we’ve got three,” Burns said. “We keep saying every day that we want 11 more, but you have to earn the right to play for long period for Australia and you need to be performing day in day out to achieve those things.”