Pucovski or Joe Burns? Tim Paine reveals his choice of starter for India Trials – cricket
Pucovski or Joe Burns, who should open with David Warner in the test series against India? This is the question that has been around in the Australian media for quite some time.
While former captains the likes of Mark Taylor Ian Chappell and Michael Clarke wish to see Pucovski make his debut against India on December 17 in Adelaide, current skipper Tim Paine believes Burns should not be eliminated.
“Burnsy [Joe Burns] We had a really good summer for us last year with David Warner, his partnership and relationship is very important to our team. Last year we had a series of good starts, ”said the event captain.
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Uncapped Puckovski became a strong contender for the position after his tremendous career in Australian domestic cricket. He received the inaugural call-up after his consecutive double hundred in the ongoing Sheffield Shield tournament.
On the other hand, Burns has been struggling in the contest as he has managed just 57 five-hit runs. However, he was Australia’s third leading scorer last summer (256 at 32:00).
“Burnsy has not been in the form that he would like nor has he scored the runs that he would like. But we know you do a good job. He’s averaging close to 40 in test cricket for Australia, which is a lot of effort opening up the batting, and I hope it starts this summer, ”Paine said.
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Australian head coach Justin Langer and team chairman Trevor Hohns will not make the final decision until both Pucovski and Burns play Australia A in a three-day match against India on December 6.
The series of four tests will begin with the day / night test in Adelaide from December 17th.