Paine has faith in Burns

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN cap­tain Tim Paine says Joe Burns is in the “prime of his ca­reer” and has backed the re­called opener to make the most of his sixth com­ing in the baggy green.

Queens­lan­der Burns will open the bat­ting when Aus­tralia takes on Pak­istan in the first Test of the sum­mer at the Gabba from to­day.

Burns, 30, re­turns to the Test arena for the first time since Fe­bru­ary af­ter miss­ing Aus­tralia’s en­tire Ashes cam­paign.

Burns made 180 in his last Test ap­pear­ance against Sri Lanka, but was dropped for the fifth time in his ca­reer af­ter tak­ing a six-week break to re­cover from fa­tigue in the leadup to the Ashes.

With a solid av­er­age of 40.1 and four cen­turies in 16 Tests, se­lec­tors re­called Burns for the Pak­istan se­ries as they search for a solid open­ing pair.

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