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Burns craves another chance in Colombo

AAP logoAAP 10/08/2016 Will Knight

After facing just six balls in Galle, Joe Burns just wants another opportunity to show he has the skill and temperament to make runs on the sub-continent.

Australia's opening batsman endured a horror second Test last week against Sri Lanka, failing to negotiate the first over in both innings as the tourists were thrashed by 229 runs inside two-and-a-half days.

Burns' tour statistics - 34 runs at 8.50 - are the worst of a bad bunch among Australia's top-six batsmen.

It's a far cry from the 26-year-old's form over the Australian summer when he piled on the runs against New Zealand and the West Indies.

Burns made 170 and 65 only three Tests ago against the Kiwis in Christchurch.

That was only in late February, but it seems a lifetime ago given his struggles in Sri Lanka.

Burns could even lose his place in the side for the third Test starting on Saturday in Colombo, with reserve batsman Shaun Marsh to come into strong consideration.

Far from feeling timid after their batting failures in Kandy and Galle, the right-hander says he and his humbled teammates just want to get back out in the middle and try to end their streak of eight straight away Test losses to sub-continental teams.

Selectors will also be interested in who sticks their hand up to get runs in Colombo with a four-Test tour of India looming early next year on similarly dry pitches.

"Everyone wants to get back out there and prove it to ourselves, prove it to the world, that we are good enough to take the game on and to adapt our game and have success globally," said Burns.

"We're 2-0 down in a series. It's very frustrating at the moment. It's a tough spot to be in.

"I feel like we're doing everything we possibly can to turn it around."

Burns had a long preparation for the tour, spending time at the cricket academy in Brisbane to devise plans to deal mostly with the hosts' spin threats Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.

Having proven his skill on the bouncy Australian wickets - especially at his home Gabba ground in Brisbane - Burns was asked if it took courage to move away from what had worked for him in first-class cricket and his 12-Test career so far.

"Absolutely," he said. "Some guys are lucky enough to play in the IPL or in county cricket (in England) and you get a taste of different experiences.

"I guess the courage comes when you're asked to change your game in a cut-throat environment of the pressure-cooker that is international cricket."

There's no talk of the final Test being a dead rubber.

"It would mean a hell of a lot (to win in Colombo)," said Burns.

"The series has gone now. But you're playing for your country. There's so much pride to play for ... if we can turn it around and put in a good performance, it would be huge."

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