Australia vs Pakistan: Bancroft and Burns included in Australia's 14-man squad for Test series against Pakistan
Do you think this team has what it takes?Australian selectors have also put their faith back in Travis Head after he was dropped during the Ashes in England.
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Joe Burns notched his first Test century as Australia earned a 503-run lead and moved closer to victory over Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on day three in Brisbane. Burns brought up his maiden ton in remarkable fashion, hitting back-to-back sixes to draw the Gabba crowd to their feet before a
Joe Burns has fallen three shy of a fifth Test hundred on his home ground in a bitter-sweet return to the Australian side at the Gabba.
The Queensland opener dragged a sweep shot off Yasir Shah onto his stumps for 97 to end a 222-run partnership with David Warner.
Warner, earlier on Friday, made the most of his luck to pass triple figures for the 22nd time in Tests, having been earlier dismissed off a no-ball.
Burns wasn't so fortunate and, after a near faultless 166-ball stay, had to farewell a deflated Gabba crowd who had been anticipating a fairytale return.
The near-miss meant no back-to-back Test centuries for Burns, who notched 180 in February against Sri Lanka.
Australia Test squad announced for Gabba, Adelaide clashes with Pakistan
Australia names its Test squad to take on Pakistan at the Gabba and in Adelaide, with Cameron Bancroft a notable inclusion. Of those players who played for Australia A against Pakistan in Perth this week, Bancroft is joined by Joe Burns, Travis Head and Michael Neser in the squad.
Burns went to stumps unbeaten on 172, becoming the first Australian opener to bat through the first day of a Test in more than two years. He brought up his fourth Test century with a drop-and-run off Kasun Rajitha, taking a load of pressure off Australia’s otherwise barren top order in the process.
England’s Test captain Joe Root has achieved a unique milestone to become the second batsman besides South Africa’s AB de Villiers to score consecutive half centuries in 12 successive Test matches. He notched up his 31st half- century in the second test at Headingley against West Indies.
The 30-year-old battled a fatigue illness before returning to the selection frame but was being left out of the final Ashes squad in favour of Marcus Harris and Cameron Bancroft.
Burns won a recall for Brisbane ahead of those two, though. Despite missing the milestone, he looks to have assured his place for the summer.
The right-hander pounced on anything short and wide, lofted the spinners down the ground and constantly used soft hands to collect singles in a well-paced innings to complement Warner's.
He has passed 50 once every three innings on average in Tests and, along with the axed Usman Khawaja, sits next to Warner and Steve Smith as the only Australians in the past five years to score more than 1000 Test runs at an average above 40.
They've come despite Burns being dropped four times in an eight-Test period that's returned two hundreds and Friday's quality knock.
His partnership with Warner was their third century-plus stand from as many innings in Brisbane and took them past Matthew Hayden and coach Justin Langer (563 runs in eight innings) as the most-productive first-wicket pair at the ground.
Smith breaks 73-year Test run record .
Steve Smith has gone past Don Bradman's mark of 6996 Test runs and broken a 73-year record in the process. Smith reached the 7000-run milestone on Saturday afternoon in Adelaide with his 23rd run against Pakistan as Australia raced to a massive first-innings score.