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India vs Australia: Will Pucovski faces longer wait for debut as Tim Paine backs Joe Burns to open in Test series

  • Press Trust of India
  • November 16th, 2020
  • 19:02:16 IST

Melbourne: Promising Australia batsman Will Pucovski may have to wait for his much-anticipated Test debut with skipper Tim Paine showing keenness to persist with struggling Joe Burns when the high-stakes series against India begins next month.

Despite Pucovski scoring truckload of runs, including consecutive double centuries in the Marsh Sheffield Shield, Australia Test captain Paine hinted that Burns may continue his opening partnership with David Warner.

While he hit the purple patch during Australia's last home season, Joe Burns finds himself lacking form heading into the Test series against India. AP

While he hit the purple patch during Australia's last home season, Joe Burns finds himself lacking form heading into the Test series against India. AP

"Burnsy had a really good summer for us last year with David Warner, their partnership and relationship is a really important one for our team," Paine was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press.

"They got us off to a number of good starts last year. Burnsy hasn't been in the form that he would like or scored the runs he would like. But we know he does a good job.

"He averages close to 40 in Test cricket for Australia, which is a great effort opening the batting, and I expect him to start this summer," he added.

Many former players, including ex-captain Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke and Kim Hughes have called for Pucovski to debut at Adelaide Oval in light of his sparkling form and the struggles of Burns.

Will Pucovski has the backing of many an Australian great to make his debut in the upcoming Test series against India. AP

Will Pucovski has the backing of many an Australian great to make his debut in the upcoming Test series against India. AP

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns and coach Justin Langer have also indicated that Burns is unlikely to be left out of the Test team.

Burns averaged 11.4 with only one score above 20 but he was Australia's third highest run-scorer last summer (256 at 32.00).

The four-Test series will begin with day/night Test at Adelaide from 17 December.

Updated Date: November 16, 2020 19:02:16 IST

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