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Everyone wants to prove that we are good enough: Joe Burns

Joe Burns of Australia
Joe Burns of Australia. (© Getty Images)

Australian opening batsman Joe Burns had a miserable series so far as he managed to score just 34 runs from the 4 innings so far. Australia has already conceded the three-match Test series 2-0 and his spot for the third Test is under serious threat.

“I’m not really one to be in or out of form,” he said on Wednesday. “For me, every innings is different. I just try to focus on making sure I’m not making those same mistakes over and over. And in a place like the subcontinents, there’re so many things that you can learn from the experience that you don’t really worry about form, it’s about executing different game plans and developing different skills.”

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He said that the frustrating part is that he hasn’t been able to capitalise on the chances given to him. “That’s probably been the most frustrating thing for me so far on the tour, having an opportunity there in Kandy to really go on with it, and not take that opportunity,” he pointed out. “Like I said, we don’t make any excuses, we just try to learn as much as we can. I’ve learned a hell of a lot over the last four innings, and hopefully, I’ll take those lessons forward from here.”

He also said that the batsmen were eager to prove all the critics wrong with strong batting performances. “Everyone wants to get back out there and prove it to ourselves, prove it to the world, that we are good enough to take the game on and to adapt our game and have success globally,” he said. ” Not only that but to play well for Australia. We’re two-nil down in a series. It’s very frustrating at the moment. It’s a tough spot to be in. I feel like we’re doing everything we possibly can to turn it around.”

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“The series has gone now, but you’re playing for your country. There’s so much pride to play for in the third Test, not just for the country but as a group. We’ve gone through a little bit of a tough time. But if we can turn it around and put in a good performance, it would be huge. I know all the boys are extremely motivated,” he added.

He said that the Australian team is trying their best to turn around and to put up a consolation win. “We’re doing absolutely everything we can to turn it around. We just have to trust that putting work into your game will get the results. International cricket is challenging because you play all around the world. To be an international cricketer you want to have success all around the world. That success hasn’t come so far in the first two Tests, with the losses that we’ve had,” he concluded.

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