Burns not looking to go outside his box


Joe Burns says he will try and keep things as simple as possible when opens the batting for Australia in the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane on Thursday.

The right-handed Burns, who already has two Test caps to his name, against India the last Australian summer, is set to replace the retired Chris Rogers at the top of the Aussie batting order.

The 26 year-old now has a chance to establish himself as a regular in the team and make the opening position his own, and his first Test of the summer will be at his home ground in Queensland.

Asked how he would approach his innings, the usually attacking Burns said: "You can't go outside your box too much because you'll probably get dismissed.

"I know there's a process for me that if I can execute that I can have success and it's something that gives me a lot of confidence going into the game.

"I'm also aware that the challenge of international cricket at the Gabba is different to state level.

"The characteristics of the Gabba are if the bowlers bowl well it will be tough work, but if they miss their spots you get good scoring opportunities.

"That's the benefit of playing there before, you know where those scoring opportunities are. There's a lot there for the bowlers but it's also a fantastic place to bat. You can score all around the ground, there's good pace in the wicket.

"If you bat well you make runs and you generally make them quite quickly as well."