Ashes doubt for fa­tigued Aus­tralia Test opener Burns

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Aus­tralia Test opener Joe Burns has been di­ag­nosed with fa­tigue and burn-out stem­ming from a vi­ral in­fec­tion last year, throw­ing his chances of play­ing in this year’s Ashes into se­ri­ous doubt.

The 29-year-old, who scored a ca­reer-best 180 dur­ing Aus­tralia’s last Test in Fe­bru­ary against Sri Lanka at Can­berra,called time on his stint with English county side Lan­cashire last month for “per­sonal rea­sons”.

Queens­land Cricket said in a state­ment he was deal­ing with “a pro­tracted postin­fec­tious fa­tigue dis­or­der dat­ing back to an Oc­to­ber 2018 vi­ral in­fec­tion”.

Burns, who has played 16 Tests and was a con­tender to open with David Warner against Eng­land in the five-match se­ries, is re­cu­per­at­ing.

“A def­i­nite prog­no­sis for re­cov­ery is un­avail­able at present; how­ever it is an­tic­i­pated he will be fully avail­able for cricket in the near fu­ture,” added the state­ment.

Whether he re­cov­ers in time for the first Test at Edg­bas­ton on Au­gust 1 re­mains to be seen, but his prob­lems could open to door for Mar­cus Har­ris or Cameron Ban­croft.

Coach Justin Langer told re­porters it would be tough to se­lect Burns, given how much county cricket he will miss.

“He’s one player we were hop­ing would play six, seven, eight games of red-ball cricket,” he said.

“That was the plan ini­tially. Some­times plans change, and we’ll just have to mon­i­tor that over the next a lit­tle bit.” Burns was re­placed in the Lan­cashire squad by fel­low Aus­tralian Jake Lehmann, son of for­mer na­tional coach Dar­ren Lehmann.

(AFP)

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