Matthew Hayden backs Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft for Tests
Former Australian opening batsman, Matthew Hayden, has backed Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft to be included in the Australia's squad for the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh.
Following their Ashes defeat to England, Australia are left with a few vacant positions in their playing eleven with the retirements of Chris Rogers and Michael Clarke.
Hayden is of the opinion that Burns is more suited to play at the number three spot in the longer run, instead of Steven Smith who is currently occupying that position.
“Joe Burns, he’s probably more of a long-term No.3. I don’t think Steven Smith is a long-term No. 3,” Hayden told News Corp.
“You’re looking for an opener and No. 3 in my book.”
Bancroft is another exciting talent for Australia, having scored 896 runs in the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield, only behind seasoned veterans Adam Voges and Michael Klinger.
The 22-year-old also was selected to feature in the Australia A tour to India and scored a magnificent 150 in the unofficial Test in Chennai.
Backing Bancroft to partner David Warner at the top of the order, Hayden felt that both the youngsters can be accommodated within the team.
“That would probably allow both of those names (Burns and Bancroft) to have a role to play with the new side.
“You could have Burns or Khawaja (at No. 3). Both are good players. I think Joe Burns has probably earned his spot.
“I guess it hasn’t really been thought of it in this way (with Burns at No. 3).
“That would leave you Warner and Bancroft to open, Burns at three, Smith at four, Adam Voges and all-rounder, wicketkeeper.
“That has a pretty good feel to it I reckon.”
Earlier this week, former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist also voiced his support for Bancroft, stating that the youngster can offer consistency at the top of the order with Rogers having retired.
“He’s been selected in the Australia A team, which is usually an acknowledgement that you are in contention.
“Not only that, but he went away and scored some big runs.
“That’s what has been lacking at the top of the order consistently.
“Particularly now that the most consistent has just left in Rogers.
“Not just getting 100s, but going on and getting some bigger totals and that’s just batting time.
“That’s probably something we’ve lost the habit of.
“He’s shown he is prepared to knuckle down and do that.”
Current Australian vice-captain, David Warner said yesterday that he wants his next opening partner to be able to have an open-minded approach towards the game.
“It doesn't matter who you are, whoever the next person is who comes in the team, they have to feel the right to say something to me as well.
“Because at the end of the day sometimes you can go away from your game - and that player will, as I do, have to try and watch their game and learn their game.”
Australia next assignment in Tests will be a two-match Test tour to Bangladesh in October, with the games slated to be played at Chittagong and Dhaka.
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