Joe Burns of the Brisbane Heat lines up a shot.
Joe Burns of the Brisbane Heat lines up a shot. Bradley Kanaris

Joe Burns admits Test form wasn't up to scratch

CRICKET: Joe Burns says he has no beef about his axing from the Australian Test team and must get back to basics if he is to force his way back into the squad.

Burns will be part of the Brisbane Heat team that will look for its second win in the Big Bash League against the Sydney Thunder at Spotless Stadium tonight.

The 27-year-old was left out of the Test side for the final game of the 3-0 series defeat in Sri Lanka along with Queensland teammate Usman Khawaja.

Khawaja said he and Burns had been made scapegoats for the poor performances on that tour but the Burns said he had no problems with the decision to leave him out.

"I wasn't making runs and the team was losing, so it was fairly simple,” he said.

"It's good to see the boys winning again.

"Obviously the team's come through a pretty tough patch.

"On a personal level I have to get back to making big runs and hopefully contributing in some wins for Queensland.”

Burns said he was hopeful that if got back to doing what he did best - scoring runs - he would get another chance at international level.

"I am sure opportunities will arise from there but I guess you can't look too far ahead,” he said.

"You just break it back down to what got me selected in the first place and going back to doing those things well.

"It was just output of runs (that cost my Test place).

"I didn't make too many runs in my last few Test matches, so changes needed to be made.

"When I am playing good cricket I am making big scores for Australia.

"I trust in my game. I know what I have to do so I just have to get out there and do it.”

Burns and the Heat had a tight 10-run win over the Adelaide Strikers in their first game.

Their second fixture of this Big Bash campaign is also on the road at Spotless Stadium before heading back to the Gabba for a first home game of this BBL season.

The Thunder won the competition last year and has some quality performers in Shane Watson and Andre Russell but is looking for a first victory this time around after back-to-back defeats.

Russell used a black bat in the first game of the season before Cricket Australia banned him from using it in game two because it left black marks on the white ball.

After laminate was used to cover the bat, CA said the West Indian could use it against the Heat and Burns said he was glad the black blade would be back in action.

"I have just got the standard bat,” he said.

"I think it was good for the game seeing the black bat.

"It certainly got a lot of attention, so I think it ticked a lot of boxes.”



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