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Burns feels sorry for injured Marsh

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Laine Clark

A Test recall seemed so unlikely for Joe Burns that he booked a surfing trip on the Sunshine Coast this week.

Instead, Burns on Tuesday left for a destination not exactly synonymous with surfing, or sunshine for that matter - Hobart.

Not that he was complaining after being recalled to the Australian Test squad, replacing injured Test opener Shaun Marsh.

"I had three days up the coast surfing booked," Burns said.

"I guess now I am going to the coldest place in the country.

"But it's always a nice feeling to play for your country, to get that chance to sing the national anthem - I can't wait."

However, Burns admitted he had mixed feelings flying out to join the Australian squad ahead of the second Test against South Africa in Hobart.

And it had nothing to do with his aborted surfing vacation.

Burns looks set to slot straight in for opener Marsh, who has been ruled out for the rest of the three-Test South African series with a broken finger.

"It's unfortunate to get into a team through injury," Burns said.

"I love playing with the boys in the side, that's what makes it so challenging - getting an opportunity after seeing one of your mates miss out.

"I really feel sorry for Shaun. I felt he was batting really well - there were big scores coming for him, that's the most disappointing thing.

"Hopefully he gets back real soon and continues that form."

Still, Burns won't be in Hobart for a holiday.

He was considered unlucky to be overlooked for the first Test in Perth against the Proteas after striking 129 for Queensland in the opening Sheffield Shield clash with NSW.

And he knows another big score in Hobart will make it harder for selectors to overlook him again.

Not that he was taking anything for granted.

"I missed out in Sri Lanka and my last Shield game (against Victoria) - I am not getting too far ahead of myself," said Burns who averages 41.52 from 12 Tests.

"I guess I will just focus on the job at hand, a few days of preparation and then getting stuck into a tough contest.

"But I feel I have been hitting the ball well. I am confident going into the game."

Burns admitted he faced a tough return against South Africa's pace battery - even without injured spearhead Dale Steyn (shoulder).

"It's going to be a big job to do, they obviously have a very good bowling attack," he said.

"It's a challenge but they will be up for it.

"There's still two Tests left, there's still a great opportunity to win the series."

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