Burns failure puts Pucovski in Test frame

Joe Burns faces the axe from the Test side after another failure in Adelaide.

Chadd Sayers had Burns caught behind for 11 after Queensland declined to enforce the follow-on against South Australia at Glenelg Oval.

Burns’s 11 follows scores of 10, 0, 29 and seven so far this Shield season.

That’s an average of 11.4, so it’s hard to see how Burns can stave off the challenge of Victorian Will Pucovski.

Pucovski has made double hundreds in each of his innings to average 457.

After blazing an unbeaten 255 against SA last weekend, he backed it up over the past two days with 202 against WA to become the first Victorian since Bill Ponsford 93 years ago to score consecutive double hundreds.

Sayers gets Burns, caught by Nielsen to have Queensland 1/17 #SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/fksec0UInJ

Australian coach Justin Langer has said recently he’s not inclined to change a team that is ranked number one on the world.

But Burns’s form has to be concerning.

“We‘re ranked number one at the moment and there’s reasons for that,” Langer said recently.

“If someone‘s banging so hard on the door (in the Sheffield Shield) that we can’t ignore them, that’s what we’re looking for.

“In our mind it‘s pretty clear at the moment what that first Test squad would be, but it’s exciting to see if anyone else is going to put their hand up.”

Joe Burns' Sheffield Shield season


Live scorecard: https://t.co/o9CdMpnKoC#SheffieldShield pic.twitter.com/36ug4Q2yhJ

Burns has no more chances to convince the selectors before the squad is chosen for the first Test in Adelaide on December 17.

But he could turn out in one or both of two tour matches to be played against India before the Test series.

Burns played the full Test summer last season but averaged in the low 30s to fail to cement his place in the XI.

He was overlooked for the 2019 Ashes despite making 180 against Sri Lanka in the final Test of the previous summer.

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