I think we can all agree that Joe Burns was going to be dropped from the Test squad sooner or later.
But it’s still a bit of a shock that the selectors have actually gone and done it.
I’ll admit that I was in the Pucovski camp for the Joe Burns vs Will Pucovski debate.
With David Warner still not at 100% fitness and Pucovski’s recent concussion though, it doesn’t feel like the right time to drop Burns.
It feels risky.
Then again, it would be a risk to keep Burns as your opener who doesn’t do well against the new ball, and keep Matthew Wade as your opener who isn’t an opener.
Based on that, it’s a no brainer to drop Burns and bring back Warner and Pucovski.
But - and there’s always a but - dropping Warner and Pucovski in at the deep end after weeks out with injury against a confident Indian side doesn’t scream good news to me.
7Cricket posted an incomplete Australian Test XI on Twitter yesterday, leaving all of us to fill in the gaps.
Positions 7 to 11 were set anyway as Australia’s bowlers have been on top form.
Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith may be a bit wobbly right now, but if both can get in the right frame of mind, they’ll be able do the job required at 3 and 4.
So the opening partnership is vacant, as are positions 5 and 6.
The obvious thing to do would be to put Warner and Pucovski in as openers.
I could vouch for Warner’s inclusion, but I’ll take a lot of convincing when it comes to Pucovski.
He’s now had nine concussions. One is bad enough.
For my two cents worth, he should go back a square to Shield cricket rather than go straight into the lion’s den.
His time will come once everything’s A-OK.
Wade has been pretty handy at the top of the order so far this series, so I’d be happy seeing him open with Warner.
Travis Head may not be at his best, but with alternatives like Moises Henriques on the table, the better option would be to stick with him for the moment at number 5.
Cameron Green is an exciting young talent with good form, so he’s a shoo-in to keep the number 6 slot.
To play it safe, the only change from me is Warner in for Burns.
It’s not a foolproof solution and there are no easy answers.
After all, Test cricket can be a brutal game.
Just ask Joe Burns.
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