Follow Joe Burns over Will Pucovski as opener, Ricky Ponting tells Australia | Cricket Information

MELBOURNE: Australia ought to persist with Joe Burns as David Warner‘s opening companion for subsequent month’s first Check towards India regardless of Will Pucovski‘s sturdy claims for that position, former captain Ricky Ponting has stated.
Victoria’s Pucovski, 22, has damaged into Australia’s 17-man squad for the four-Check collection having amassed 495 runs in two Sheffield Defend matches.
Burns, who couldn’t handle a fifty in his final 5 innings, finds himself in an unofficial bat-off with Pucovski to find out who will companion Warner within the day-night Check at Adelaide from Dec. 17.
“Burns hasn’t carried out a lot flawed,” Ponting informed the Cricket Australia web site.
“In the event you return to final summer time, he performed very well within the first Check in Brisbane and I keep in mind saying then to lock him in and provides him an excellent go at it for some time.
“We learn so much into what’s occurred within the first few rounds of Defend cricket, and since they have not performed a Check match for thus lengthy, lots of people are forgetting what occurred final summer time.”
Ponting wouldn’t be stunned, nonetheless, if Pucovski nonetheless made his Check debut, even when it meant within the center order.
“(Opening) is simply one other string to (Pucovski’s) bow,” the previous skipper stated.
“I am certain if a center order spot got here up they usually weren’t desirous about taking part in an all-rounder, I might suppose his identify could be talked about forward of Cameron Inexperienced.”
Coach Justin Langer stated uncapped Inexperienced’s batting alone is sufficient to earn him a Dishevelled Inexperienced cap however the 21-year-old’s limited-overs prospects hinged on his all-round potential.
“In a single-day cricket he’ll solely play if he can bowl a couple of overs as a result of that is how we’ll arrange the group,” Langer stated on Thursday.
“He hasn’t had the white-ball expertise to return in as a pure batsman but when he can bowl a couple of overs, my gosh he turns into an excellent prospect.”

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