Australia and Queensland opener Joe Burns is eyeing a call-up for the Australian team for the Pakistan Tests in the UAE. He is also looking for an extended run at the top during the home summer.
Burns’ suffered a back injury playing for Glamorgan in the English county circuit, but he was back doing skills work with Queensland and hopes to step things up to full training next week.
"I was pretty frustrated with how it went down in Glamorgan," Burns told cricket.com.au. "The injury I picked up was only a minor thing but it just so happened that in that two weeks (of recovery) I basically missed my whole playing commitments.”
He further said, "I'm really confident by the time we get to a game I'll be fine. The scans I got didn't show anything major so we're basically just guided by the symptoms."
The 28-year-old wasn't included in either the one-day or four-day Australia A squads for India, which could be construed two ways; either Burns is – like Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell – a lock for October's two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE, or he is out of the picture altogether.
"I spoke a little bit with the selectors after the South African series, and everything was really positive there," he said. "I guess as a player all you can really do is trust that and prepare accordingly."
"I don't think I've hit the ball as good in my career as I did last season. So when you're hitting the ball like that you want to be playing as much as possible. When I got back on the field for the last Shield game, then the (Shield) final and the Test match … I was basically on one leg. Going forward I'm hoping I can get that continuity and, with a few more opportunities now, an extended run at it," said the Queenslander.
Burns said, "As an opening batter, you accept that you're going to be facing high-quality bowlers with a new ball on a fresh wicket – so you're going to have games where you do miss out. I remember I played eight Test matches straight – we had the home summer (2015-16) and then we went to New Zealand, where we went to No.1 (Test ranking) – and that was my most productive period; I got three hundreds, and averaged over 50.”
Australia's Test squad to face Pakistan is expected to be named after Australia A series against India, which concludes on September 11.
(with inputs from cricket.com.au)