India vs Australia: ‘Joe Burns would miss out when David Warner comes back,’ says Ricky Ponting


India vs Australia: ‘Joe Burns would miss out when David Warner comes back,’ says Ricky Ponting

(From Left) David Warner, Ricky Ponting and Joe Burns

David Warner, Ricky Ponting and Joe Burns
(From Left) David Warner, Ricky Ponting and Joe Burns

The Australian openers Joe Burns and Matthew Wade failed to impress during the first two Test matches against India. The Aussie duo failed to put big runs on the board apart from a half-century from Burns during the second innings in Adelaide. However, ace opening batsman David Warner is expected to come back during the third game at the SCG. 

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Former Australian captain turned commentator Ricky Ponting reckoned that Joe Burns would go out when Warner joins the side. Ponting said that despite a half-century from the right-handed batsman, Wade has looked more impressive. 

”I said after day one if you look at [Matthew] Wade and Burns, even in the first innings of this game, it looks to me that Wade is batting a lot better than Joe Burns. If [David] Warner comes back then, unfortunately, I think right now it probably has to be Burns that goes,” Ricky Ponting said on Channel Seven.

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“They stuck with him for the first Test, and he did repay them in the second innings there. But the difficult thing with the Australian summer is if you leave Burns out now what’s he going to do? He’s going to play Big Bash cricket, there’s no Sheffield Shield cricket to play. Even Davey Warner hasn’t played a game in a while, but he’ll slot in when he’s fit.

‘David Warner has plenty of time to recover’ – Ponting

David Warner injury
David Warner picked a groin injury during the second ODI against India

The third Test is scheduled to begin from January 7, 2021, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The former cricketer said that Warner looks promising to make a comeback as there are plenty of days to go for the New Year’s Test.

“What I saw [from Warner on Sunday] was promising signs, the fact he is in the nets batting, doing a bit of jogging between wickets. The fact he is out there doing that 10 or 11 days before the next Test match. I will be very, very surprised if he doesn’t play,” Ponting said.

“I think the next Test is on the seventh, so plenty of time for him to get fully fit. With his record, David Warner walks back into the side,” he added.

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