Queensland batsman Joe Burns raises his bat after scoring a Sheffield Shield century against New South Wales at the Gabba last month.
Queensland batsman Joe Burns raises his bat after scoring a Sheffield Shield century against New South Wales at the Gabba last month. DAVE HUNT

Burns and Mennie set for Test call-ups

CRICKET: Joe Burns says he feels for injured teammate Shaun Marsh but is hoping to take his chance after getting the nod to replace the left-hander.

Burns is set partner David Warner at the top of the order in the second Test against South Africa after Marsh was ruled out for the rest of the series after breaking his finger during the 177-run defeat to the Proteas in Perth.

The Queenslander was probably unlucky to lose his place for the final Test in Sri Lanka and missed out on the 12-man squad for the first home series of the summer.

He said to get his place back under these circumstances was hard but was determined to give it all he had.

"It's unfortunate to get into a team through injury,” Burns said.

"I love playing with the boys in the side, that's what makes it so challenging - getting an opportunity after seeing one of your mates miss out.

"I really feel sorry for Shaun.

"I felt he was batting really well - there were big scores coming for him, that's the most disappointing thing.

"Hopefully he gets back real soon and continues that form.”

Burns's recall came as such a surprise he had booked a surfing trip on the Sunshine Coast this week.

He instead left for Hobart on Tuesday, preparing for some different temperatures to those he expected in the Sunshine State.

"I had three days up the coast surfing booked,” Burns said.

"I guess now I am going to the coldest place in the country.

"But it's always a nice feeling to play for your country, to get that chance to sing the national anthem - I can't wait.”

Burns got off to a good start to the Sheffield Shield campaign with 129 against a strong New South Wales side at the Gabba.

He followed that up with scores of four and seven as the Bulls lost to Victoria at the MCG but said he felt he was still in good touch.

"I missed out in Sri Lanka and my last Shield game (against Victoria) - I am not getting too far ahead of myself,” said Burns, who averages 41.52 from 12 Tests.

"I guess I will just focus on the job at hand, a few days of preparation and then getting stuck into a tough contest.

"But I feel I have been hitting the ball well. I am confident going into the game.”

Burns has been joined in the squad by South Australian Callum Ferguson, who has been brought in as cover for Adam Voges.

Voges injured his hamstring on day four of the first Test and will be monitored for the rest of the week ahead of the Hobart Test, which starts on Saturday.

Joe Mennie also looks to be in line for a Test debut after Peter Siddle was ruled out of the Test with a lower back soreness.

Team physiotherapist David Beakley said: "Whilst we expect bowlers to be sore after Test matches, this was slightly worse than we expected and given that he was returning from a significant back injury, we organised some scans today.

"The scans demonstrated some low-grade bone oedema around his old stress fracture that is likely to be a flare-up of his previous lower back injury.

"We are hopeful that this will resolve relatively quickly, but have withdrawn him from the squad.”

Tasmanian seamer Jackson Bird has been flown in as extra cover.

SQUAD

David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Callum Ferguson, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Joe Mennie, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird (standby)



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