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Dec 21, 2014

Queensland batsman Joe Burns might make a shock debut debut against India at the Boxing Day Test match against in Melbourne on December 26. Burns is seen as a replacement to the injured Mitchell Marsh. Burns will join the Australian squad in Melbourne on December 22. He was set to write his final exam of his economics degree in January 2015. The 25-year old says it would be a dream come true if he made his debut on Boxing Day.

“It’s a dream come true. Any Australian player, Australian cricket fan, dreams of playing these sorts of games. It’s something that I’ve always dreamt of in the front yard. I’m a massive Australian cricket fan who just happens to play cricket himself.”

Speaking of the Australia coach Darren Lehmann, Burns said, “I am certainly looking forward to having Boof as the Australian coach. “I really enjoyed playing underneath him and if I do play on Boxing Day, it’s going to be with great pride that he’s my first Australian coach and hopefully there is plenty of games to come underneath him.” Burns played under Lehmann when the latter was the coach for Queensland.

Lehmann was quick to praise Burns. He said, “When I saw him play, I thought he could really play at the next level. It’s taken him a while, he’s had some ups and downs like all players do. He’s put his name up at the right time. An opportunity comes up, now he’s got to grab it.”

Burns has cored seven First-Class hundreds in 45 matches at an average of 42.54.