Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has come up with his choice for Australian openers in the first Test against India on December 17. It will be India’s only second day-night Test match and first on foreign soil. Gilchrist has opted for Joe Burns as the opening partner for David Warner for the first Test in Adelaide. In the process, he has ignored Will Pucovski, the youngster who has been included in the Australian Test squad as well.
Adam Gilchrist Picks Burns Over Pucovski
“It’s only my opinion, but I detect that the selectors and the team really enjoy the partnership of Joe Burns and David Warner “ said Gilchrist.
Gilchrist further said that the selectors would not like to break the partnership which has done well for them in recent times.
“There is a fair bit of that strong reason in the case of Pucovski. (But) They’ll be reluctant to break that (partnership of Warner and Burns) up without really strong reason. They feel they complement each other and they have a yin and yang partnership,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pucovski has bee favored by many former Australian cricketers including former skipper Mark Taylor.
Gilchrist said the final call between Burns and Pucovski could come down to what happens in the Australia A vs India game next month.
“It could very much weigh on that Australia A game and what comes of that. Should he (Burns) miss out there and Pucovski nails another big one, the pressure may then be on to make the change,” said Gilchrist.
Meanwhile, with Warner back in the side, the Australian thinktank would be less worried as his experience and attacking style of play will be important against a competitive Indian bowling attack.