Burns returns to BBL, not feeling the heat

Rob Forsaith
Joe Burns will look to take his Test frustrations out when he returns to the BBL on Thursday

Frustrated by his failure to convert a series of starts into big Test scores, Joe Burns begins the long road to Bangladesh when he returns to the Big Bash.

Burns' next chance to don the baggy green won't come until June, when Australia travel to the subcontinent for a two-Test series.

However the Brisbane Heat batsman has been locked in for a BBL comeback against Hobart at the Gabba on Thursday,

He returns to the home ground where he celebrated a Test recall by scoring 97.

Burns scored 159 runs at 22.71 from his next seven innings after that bright start to the summer, prompting plenty of debate about his place in the XI.

However, national coach Justin Langer has made it clear he is unlikely to tweak the top six after a dominant home summer in which Australia won all five Tests inside four days.

Burns, having failed to make last year's Ashes squad after scoring a career-best 180 in the preceding Test, knows things can change quickly.

But he is confident he can thrive at the highest level.

"Usually when teams are winning there's not too many changes ... we've got quite an experienced Test team as well, that always helps," Burns told reporters in Brisbane.

"We're playing good cricket. So all those things blended together, generally there's not too many selection changes but that Test series is a long way away.

"I feel like I actually played pretty good cricket this summer ... it's just about applying myself for longer periods of time.

"I know I've got the game to play really well in Test cricket."

The opener logged scores of nine, 53, zero, 35, 18 and 40 against New Zealand, constantly doing all the hard work against the new ball.

But a lapse would then prove costly.

"I left a lot of runs out there," Burns said.

"It's having that ruthless (streak) that once you get on top, to then go on and cash in.

"As a batter it's really frustrating. I reflect on a few innings this summer when there were opportunities to go on and get really big scores ... it will come, the more times you put yourself in that situation."

For now, the 30-year-old is upbeat he will make a seamless transition between cricket's longest and shortest formats.

"Going from leaving the ball to hitting ball is a lot easier than trying to go the other way," Burns said.

Some might argue there are few red-ball gains for Burns to make in coming weeks of Twenty20 action but the chance to work closely with Heat coach Darren Lehmann is one obvious upside.

Lehmann was Burns' first coach at the Heat, Queensland and Australia.

"It's kind of gone full circle to an extent," Burns said.

"Everything I know now, he taught me from a really young age."