Burns not worried about his Test place


Australia opening batsman Joe Burns is not concerned about keeping his spot ahead of the Tests against the West Indies, saying that he feels he has proven his worth at the top of the order.

Burns did well in the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane, scoring a ton and half century, but the latter two Tests were less prolific for him. But he's not worried about his place being in jeopardy.

With number three Usman Khawaja set to return for the second Test against the Windies on Boxing Day, Burns will need to keep an eye on Shaun Marsh, who replaced the injured Khawaja in the Kiwi series to good effect.

Burns said of opening: "With the role I feel really comfortable. It's where I have had success and that success has led to selection for Australia.

"I take a lot of confidence from that. I haven't had any real feedback (from Lehmann in regards to ongoing selection) – I know what my job is."

Burns went on to say that Australia were not taking the Windies lightly at all, especially as they have a potent new ball pairing that could do some damage on the Australian decks.

The opener added: "I think they have a pretty decent new ball opening partnership with Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor.

"It is exciting to play against the West Indies, it was a team I grew up watching. They have shown over a long period win, lose or draw, they are worth watching.

"And in international cricket there are no easy games. You have to make sure you are switched on."