David Warner and Joe Burns started the home Test season on a stunning note. The two starred with the bat in the first Test against Pakistan as Australia thrashed the tourists by an innings and five runs to take the lead in the two-match series at the Gabba. After the miserable failure of openers at the Ashes, Australia tried out Burns and Warner and the start was very promising.
The openers put on a massive stand of 222 runs for the first wicket to lay the foundation for Australia’s massive total of 580. Burns missed his well-deserved century by just three runs but Warner went on to score his. The southpaw, who too had failed at the Ashes, scored 154 to continue his stunning run of form in the ongoing home season.
Who will face the new ball first?
The way David Warner and Burns performed in the first Test at the Gabba, they did not let anyone feel that they are opening together for the very first time. However, their actions before the ongoing second Test in Adelaide made it pretty much clear that they have still not sorted out their differences. The two openers were seen playing a game of ‘rock, paper, scissors’ to determine who would face the new ball.
Cricket Australia posted that hilarious video on Twitter. With the start of the match delayed due to rain, Warner and Burns were busy deciding who would face the new ball. Warner was even seen hilariously hitting Burns on his back.
Here is the tweet posted by Cricket Australia:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 29, 2019
It looks like Warner lost the game as he had to face the first ball bowled by Mohammad Abbas. But he and Burns could not replicate their fine performance in the previous game as the two could only add 8 runs before Shaheen Afridi sent back the latter. At tea, Australia were 70 for 1.