Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting said Joe Burns was in “pure panic mode” during his brief second innings against India and is likely to have dropped it for the third Test

Burns’ summer of suffering continued Monday when he was four times behind when the home team faced a 131-run deficit at the MCG, which resulted in a double failure for the Queenslander who went without a goal on Boxing Day was released when he was also behind

He was lucky enough to survive an LBW reputation and almost ran out twice on a 10-ball spell that may have ended his international career after 23 Tests

“I said after the first day when you look at [Matthew] Wade and Burns, even in the first innings of that game it seems to me that Wade hits a lot better than Joe Burns when [David] Warner comes back then think I think it must probably be Burns right now, “Ponting said on Channel Seven

“They stayed with him on the first Test and he paid them back in the second innings there. But the hard part about the Australian summer is if you leave Joe Burns out now, what will he do then? He’s going to play Big Bash Cricket, there’s no Sheffield Shield cricket to play. Even Davey Warner hasn’t played a game in a while, but he’ll step in when he’s fit

“What I saw [from Warner on Sunday] were promising signs, the fact that he’s hitting the nets and jogging a bit between the gates, the fact that he’s out there 10 or 11 days before the next friendly is going to surprise me very, very much if he doesn’t play

“I think the next test is on the seventh, so plenty of time for him to get fully fit. With his recording, David Warner goes back to the”


It’s been a summer to forget for Burns who only got 125 runs by 104 in 13 top-notch innings. His only joy was an unbeaten 51 in a successful Adelaide Test chase

Former Australian all-rounder Simon O’Donnell said Monday was a century or a failure for Burns

While Warner was in divine touch in the nets, he still has to work on fitness, namely on his sprint between the gates and running in the outfield

Fill-in opener Wade looked largely safe at the top of the order and will keep his place there. Former Test opener Chris Rogers, who was “thrown a bit to the wolves” by agreeing to the Taking on the provisional role said it would be unfair for Wade to be removed

He was able to return to no, however6 If the Australians dump raw all-rounder Cameron Green, opener Marcus Harris could return to the side of Will Pucovski, who is still dealing with the aftermath of his recent concussion, likely won’t for the third Test envisaged, which will take place in either Melbourne or Sydney

Ponting said Burns was in “panic mode” in an inning in which he appeared to have played himself out of the team

“It all happened while Burns was out there, we can see he was in some sort of panic – almost dated twice and had the umpire reputation for an LBW decision that was going his way. Looked like sheer panic mode from Burns, “he said

“We highlighted his fights before the first test match. He now has 13 top-notch innings this summer, 125 runs averaging 104. Eight of those layoffs were caught, two bowling and two LBW layoffs So that’s never a good sign for an opening hitter. In fact, if you take the 50-odd not-out in the second innings in Adelaide, without those innings he’d average 61 for the summer “

Jon Pierik is a cricket writer for The Age. He also reports on AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing

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