Chennai: While Burns was preparing on the eve of the match here, in Nottingham, Australia suffered the ignominy of being dismissed for 60 in 18.3 overs in their first innings against England in the Ashes series. (Broad Blows Australia AwayFor 60)
Burns said: “I did watch the Ashes game yesterday. But, when you come here to play you will not really think about too much. I was focusing on the game before and trying to do the process and make some runs. I took little more time to get in as you are not sure whether it is going to swing or spin. We got good partnership between us for the first wicket.” (Highlights: India A v Australia A)
Burns was involved in a 239-run opening stand with Usman Khawaja and his 154 set the base for Australia A’s score of 334/4. He smashed five fours and 14 amazing sixes in his knock and India A never recovered. On his 14 stunning sixes, Burns said, “It was one of the days. You make most of the good days. Fortunately, I was able to stay out there. Wicket was not really turning and so I got to the pitch and hit. It is the same style that I play spin in Australia as well.” (Usman Khawaja Proud Of His Bowlers)
Asked if he was disappointed to be dropped from Australia’s squad after making two fifties in the Test series against India, Burns said: “You do not want to be dropped from any team. When you are playing for your country, you want to play as many games as you can. It is always going to be guys coming back and sometimes you do not get picked. But you cannot too worry about that. You make sure you perform well in every single game. I enjoyed the last few months. Still I think I am in good form now. Hopefully I will carry it out as far as possible and make some runs on the board.”
Left-arm spinner Adam Zampa, who claimed four wickets today, said patience was the key for him as he tried to mix his bowling and attack the stumps.
“Indian batsmen have range of shots and hit the ball in so many areas. Today I just thought about not to be too predictable. Since the wicket was little bouncy, I attacked the stumps and waited for my wickets,” he said.