Leading 2-0 in the 4 match series, Australia have made a change to their squad for the third test against India at Melbourne which will begin on December 26. All-Rounder Mitchell Marsh left the field during the first session of the match and didn’t come back to the field again. But he did come out to bat for Australia in both the innings inspite of the hamstring injury he aggravated while bowling in the second Test at Brisbane.
The team management does not want to risk Mitchell Marsh for the Boxing Day test and has decided to rope in the services of Joe Burns, who has been prolific for Queensland in the domestic circuit. Joe Bruns made the headlines with some consistent performances in the Sheffield shield and the Big Bash League for Queensland and Queensland Bulls respectively. Burns, since making his debut for Queensland against South Australia in 2011 and made an unbeaten 140.
He has amazed almost 3000 runs in 78 innings with an average of 43 in his first-class career. Burns is a stylish batsman who plays straight, plays late and has the patience to wait for balls in his area, which the emerging batsmen fail to do. Burns was also named the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year at the end of the 2012-13 season in which he averaged over 40 in Sheffield shield matches.
He is a good replacement for Mitchell Marsh and has been chosen ahead of Alex Doolen, Callum Ferguson and Sean Abbott. He has been in great touch in the recent matches for his side and that has helped him to cement a place in the Australian team. Burns is all set to make his Test debut against India at Melbourne on 26 December 2014.
With Michael Clarke coming close to his cricket career and Shane Watson failing to perform well, it might be a best chance for Burns to seal his place in the Australian XI in the future.