Australia commenced Day 2 in Christchurch, in a rather tricky situation as they were placed on 57-1, with the deck assisting the New Zealand pacers. However, opener Joe Burns played a knock full of grit and determination, in order to resist the intimidating Kiwi bowlers and notch up a fantastic century. Burns had the support of skipper Steve Smith, who registered his century as well.
Post the day’s play, Burns spoke to the media about his knock and said that it was the best of his career so far. “For me this was my best because of the context of the game, the fact it was away from home,” Burns said. “The first one I got in Brisbane in front of friends and family will be the most satisfying for the rest of my career, this one’s technically my best because of the way I tried to play and I was able to do it for long periods.”
“I’ve done a lot of work with the mindset of this tour coming up when I had a few weeks at home with no cricket on. So it’s very satisfying, the challenge that was coming up, against a quality team in their own backyard, and just to execute those things I wanted to do. I think it’ll give me a lot of confidence going forward,” Burns added.
The 289 run stand between Burns and Smith has surely put Australia in a position of ascendency and the spirited partnership might have well set Australia’s position at the top position in the ICC Test Rankings.