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Burns dropped from Test squad



Australian batsman Joe Burns has been dropped from the Test squad for the final two Tests against India, David Warner, Will Pucovski and Sean Abbott back in the fold as part of changes announced on Wednesday.


Burns loses his place in the Australian side after a prolonged run of poor form, posting scores of 8, 51no, 0 and 4 in the opening two Tests with Warner expected to return to the top of the order as he continues his recovery from a groin injury.


Pucovski was on the cusp of a Test debut before a head knock against India while playing for Australia A ruled him out of the opening two Tests, the 22 year old now back in the frame for a baggy green as the selectors mull further changes to an underperforming batting lineup.


South Australian Travis Head, who has returned scores of 7, 38 and 17 in the series so far is in the firing line after a series of poor dismissals in the opening two Tests, Matthew Wade a chance to move back in to the middle order having opened in Adelaide and Melbourne to accommodate Pucovski's debut.


Marcus Harris and Moises Henriques are the other batters in Australia's extended squad who are yet to play a role in the series.


Fast bowler Sean Abbott will also re-join the Test squad after recovering from a calf strain.

Selector Trevor Hohns confirmed that Pucovski "has been symptom free for some time" after suffering a concussion when batting for Australia A earlier this month.

"Will is in the final stages of the graduated return to play protocols and has been symptom free for some time," Hohns said in a statement.

"Joe Burns has been released from the squad and will return to the Brisbane Heat.


"Unfortunately, Joe's returns haven't been what he or the selectors would like or what we consider he is capable of.


"David (Warner) has made strong progress in his recovery from injury and will be given every chance to play in Sydney with another seven days until the match.


"Sean (Abbott) has fully recovered from a calf strain and is also available for selection."


The third Test will start on January 7th at the SCG, despite concerns around a coronavirus spike in Sydney's Northern Beaches.


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