Recalled Queensland batsman Joe Burns is ready to fire for the Bulls in this week’s Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria at the Gabba.
He may have worn a baggy green at the first Ashes Test in Brisbane but Joe Burns is still counting his blessings after earning Queensland selection for their Sheffield Shield clash with Victoria starting on Sunday.
Burns is still buzzing after chiming into Australia’s extraordinary 381-run Gabba success – albeit as a replacement fielder.
However, Burns hopes to make a greater impact with the willow for cellar dwellers Queensland after being recalled by the Bulls for the crunch Shield clash at the Gabba.
Stage fright won’t be a problem for Burns on his Shield return after lining up with Twenty20 Brisbane Heat teammate Chris Sabburg as substitute players for the Gabba Ashes Test this month.
Sabburg famously caught England dangerman Kevin Pietersen when Australian quick Ryan Harris took a toilet break – and it seems he did not let anyone in the dressing room forget it.
“He did remind us,” Burns laughed.
“But I really enjoyed the first Test experience. It was like a Queensland game to be honest,” he told AAP.
“Being at the Gabba with (former Queensland and current Test coach) Darren Lehmann as coach, it felt really familiar and comfortable.
“It was a great experience to be part of a winning dressing room.”
Burns hopes that trend continues for the Bulls who are hoping to launch a belated Shield title defence.
Queensland are dead last after the first five games but Burns felt the stage was set for the Bulls to launch a belated title tilt starting against the second last and inconsistent Bushrangers this weekend.
“Where we are on the table is not great but I feel we are not that far off the pace,” Burns said.
“If we are honest with ourselves we have had opportunities in games but we missed them.”
Burns replaces opener Nathan Reardon while leggie Cameron Boyce comes in for off-spinner Nathan Hauritz for the Bulls’ first Gabba clash of the season.
Australia A batsman Burns has earned his recall following his Queensland XI stint against the touring English Performance Program where he scored 97 not out and 100 in the three-day game.
Boyce is Queensland’s leading wicket-taker with 19 wickets in four games.