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Australia vs India, 2020-21 – The one shot that made all the difference for Joe Burns

Australia vs India, 2020-21 - The one shot that made


The Australia opener emerged from a form slump with a half-century to secure victory

It was one shot that made a world of difference to Joe Burns. When he latched onto a short ball from Umesh Yadav in the seventh over of Australia’s chase in Adelaide, it rocketed to the square-leg fence like few shots he has struck this season. An hour later, he top-edged a hook for six that brought a half-century, a victory and a sense of accomplishment.

Burns entered the series on the back of 62 runs in nine innings for Queensland and Australia A this season. His position was the dominant topic of debate in the days leading into the first Test; he was given the word that his place was secure the day before the match. The injuries to David Warner and Will Pucovski perhaps helped in that options had diminished, but it was still a considerable show of faith.

In the first innings he battled for more than an hour before falling to a borderline lbw decision against Jasprit Bumrah. The next day early in the run chase (that’s how quickly the game moved) he was hammered a painful blow on the elbow from the same bowler.

Burns revealed that during the last over before the interval he was basically batting one handed before he was dosed up with painkillers and strapped up. He was far from pain free – subsequent scans have cleared him of any damage – but a few overs into the resumption he was playing with as much freedom as he has managed all season.

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