Joe Burns
Joe Burns (AFP Photo)

Alongside Travis Head, opener Joe Burns ended Australia’s century drought on Friday that had extended well over 100 days. While Head scored 161, Burns is unbeaten on a career-best 172. (ALSO READ: Head dedicates maiden Test century to Phillip Hughes)

The century, Burn’s fourth of Test career, is a culmination of a whirlwind career. The 29-year-old last reached three figures in the format three years back in February 2016 and since then, has been struggling to find form.

After being overlooked for the 2016 tour of Sri Lanka, Burns was recalled, twice, on separate occasions at home and away for a single Test against South Africa. After being pushed to the sidelines again for two successive series against Pakistan and India, he was recalled for the ongoing two-Test series against Sri Lanka.

Despite his century, Burns is not thinking too far ahead knowing fully well how quickly fortunes can swing in international cricket. “Look, it can be tough. Two very different circumstances, both extreme the way they unfolded, but that’s not just cricket, that’s life sometimes, you can’t plan too far ahead, take the good with the bad,” he said of the two times he was called back and dropped immediately.

He added, “It makes days like today – when you get to kiss the badge on your helmet – bloody good, that’s for sure. It makes you really appreciate the good days because you never know when’s your last test match or when you’re going to be out of the team.”

Burns has so far struck 26 fours and will be aiming to look for a maiden double-century when the play recommences on Day 2 in Canberra as Australia eye a big first innings total.

Burns’ feet are firmly on the ground and he’s not taking anything for granted. “You can’t take anything for granted, just have a responsibility to play as hard as you can and as best you can and what will be will be. It’s just one of those times where you appreciate a good day. You’ve got to do that in this game because you have a hell of a lot of bad days as well. I had that sense of your country and how lucky we are to play cricket for Australia. And how much you just want to make runs for the Australian people and get the chance to get to a hundred and have the crowd applaud you like that, there’s nothing better.” he said.