Burns working on combatting new ball shine

Australia Test opener Joe Burns is working on taking his innings past the shine of the new ball, after being dropped during the series against Sri Lanka in favour of Shaun Marsh.

Burns is working on getting his place back, and realises that he needs to make more of an effort early on, using patience to get past the new ball while also sending bad deliveries to the ropes.

Burns told Cricbuzz: “I’ve been working on a few things, like facing the new ball and starting my innings. They are things that in international cricket will allow me to bat for long periods.

“You’re always trying to improve your game. It’s about (improving facing the) new ball in the first innings.

“The first morning in a Test match is where an opener earns their pay. It’s an area where an opener can set the tone and where you can have a massive impact.

“As an opening batter you are dictated by what’s coming down. If it’s in good areas then it’s difficult to attack.bBut it’s about having a mindset that if they bowl a loose ball than you are going to put it away and put pressure back on the bowlers.”

Burns added that opening the batting was even tougher against the pink ball, and hoped to have strategies in place should he be picked for the two day-night Tests the Aussies have coming up in the next few months.

He added: “It’s very challenging as a top order batsman because it swings. It only swings for a short while but takes a lot of adjusting because the seam is almost invisible on the ball so you have to look for different cues.

“The more you play against it the easier it becomes. It’s always going to be different to a red or white ball, but it just takes an adjustment.

“The pink ball fluctuates from doing a lot to nothing very quickly, so it’s just finding a way to manage those early periods.”