Joe Burns Added To Australia Twenty20 Squad

Joe Burns Added To Australia Twenty20 Squad
Joe Burns Added To Australia Twenty20 Squad
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Australia have added 23-year-old Queensland batsman Joe Burns to their Twenty20 International squad of their one-off game against world champions the West Indies in Brisbane on Wednesday (13th February).

Burns has been added as cover for Adam Voges, who suffered a hamstring injury after hitting his maiden century during Sunday's fifth and final One-Day International.

With Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson and Xavier Doherty already on their way to India ahead of a four-match Test series, Australia are already set to name an inexperienced side for the game at the Gabba.

"Joe Burns has been placed on standby for Adam Voges for the KFC T20 INTL match at the Gabba on Wednesday," National Selection Panel Chairman John Inverarity confirmed.

"Joe has shown impressive form throughout this season, was deservedly awarded the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year award at the Allan Border Medal and his good form has also resulted in selection for Australia A against the England Lions in their five-match series starting this Saturday."

Burns has played just nine Twenty20 games in his short career, scoring 248 runs at a strike-rate of 129.16 for Brisbane Heat.

Meanwhile, Aaron Finch has been upgraded to the Cricket Australia (CA) contracted list having played five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches since July 2012, joining Clint McKay, Hughes, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and Ed Cowan in earning such a deal.

Australia T20I squad: George Bailey (captain), Joe Burns, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Laughlin, Clint McKay, Shaun Marsh, Ben Rohrer, Adam Voges

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