Australian opener, Joe Burns says that he doesn’t have any piece of advice for Prithvi Shaw after the latter continues to disappoint with the bat. Shaw was dismissed for another couple of cheap scores in the first Test in Adelaide, which Australia won on Day 3 as their pacers – Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood – ran riot in the first session.
Prithvi Shaw has been awfully out of form and is exposed for his flawed technique in the recent past. After taking a vital lead of 54 runs in the first innings, India would have wished for the openers to consolidate on it. However, Prithvi Shaw was castled by Pat Cummins for a score of 4 by the end of Day 2. In the first innings, the opener inside-edged a Mitchell Starc delivery which was angling away from him onto the stumps for a duck.
He had a disastrous IPL campaign for the Delhi Capitals. The right-hander was dismissed 8 times for single-digit scores in 13 IPL innings, before eventually being dropped ahead of the final against Mumbai Indians. He also recorded a couple of single-figure scores in the practice games against Australia A before being bowled for 0 and 4 in Adelaide.
It’s not as much about his low scores, but about his inability to improve on his unsound technique. Shaw has lacked feet movement; his front foot seems to be jammed on the ground. There has been a massive gap between the bat and the pad, and hence the pacers have fizzed past their deliveries onto the stumps plenty of times recently.
I’m hoping that he makes no runs: Joe Burns
Since Joe Burns scored a fifty in Australia’s run chase – which was more needed by him rather than the team as Burns himself was also out of form in the first-class matches – he was asked about whether he would give any advice to his Indian counterpart.
Joe Burns, however, being competitive said that could only advise Shaw after the series as they both are currently playing against each other.
The 31-year-old even hopes that the youngster doesn’t make any runs against Australia. The Aussie opener believes that Shaw must be a high-quality player if he is good enough to play for his national side.
“I wouldn’t give him any advice as I am playing against him. I’m hoping that he makes no runs at all. I actually don’t know what form he is been in. I haven’t been following him. He is obviously a quality player if he is playing for India. I might give advice at the end of the series, but not after the first game,” Joe Burns told ANI.
The second Test begins on 26th December in Melbourne on Boxing Day. India will be without skipper, Virat Kohli as he will leave for home to attend the birth of his first child.