SYDNEY – Queensland batsman Joe Burns will become the 441st man to wear the baggy green when he walks out onto the MCG turf, PakistanTribe.com.
A Boxing Day Test debut is the stuff of dreams for young Australian cricketers. For some, it has led to a long and successful career – Steve Waugh and Brett Lee, for example. Others like Ed Cowan, Phil Jaques, Martin Love and Jackson Bird have had shorter careers, though in the cases of Cowan and Bird, that could still change. Matthew Nicholson’s Boxing Day debut was his only Test.
The latest addition to the list will be Queensland batsman Joe Burns, who will become the 441st man to wear the baggy green when he walks out onto the MCG turf. For serious cricket followers, Burns is an exciting prospect who deserves his chance.
More casual cricket fans will say they don’t know much about Burns and call him a bolter.
Even among the squad this week, Burns has been trying to fly under the radar, trying not to stay on the right side of the established players. Brad Haddin joked on Tuesday that Burns had asked him where he was allowed to sit in the change-rooms.
Burns admitted that his eagerness to please had indeed stretched that far.
“I’ve been trying to keep a low profile,” Burns said. “I’ve been asking guys like Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris about where to sit, what to do. Just trying to keep off everyone’s toes and make sure I’m on the best behaviour.
I got very nervous and stood in the middle of the room until everyone else sat down and found a seat. Then I was informed that I was in Michael Clarke’s seat so I’ve got a lot to live up to in that seat.”
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