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Burns, Warner reunited for crunch Test

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Rob Forsaith

Centuries scored alongside and against David Warner have given Joe Burns confidence their rekindled opening partnership can again blossom.

Burns was set to be Warner's long-term partner at the top of Australia's batting order following Chris Rogers' retirement, having rattled off Test tons in Brisbane, Melbourne and Christchurch last summer.

The pair shared an opening stand of 100 runs or more in four Test innings and spoke of how they'd like to do that on 15 occasions, bettering the mark of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.

But Burns was axed in August, having tallied 34 runs from four innings as Australia crashed to a shock series loss in Sri Lanka.

Shaun Marsh's broken finger has resulted in the Queenslander being recalled for the second Test against South Africa, which starts in Hobart on Saturday.

Burns says the presence of Australia's vice-captain, who scored 97 before a game-changing collapse of 10-86 in the first Test, will be a calming influence when Kagiso Rabada is charging in with the new ball.

"It certainly does make it a lot easier when you've got someone that you're very confident batting with, who is very familiar with the situations you're in," Burns said.

"It's one of those situations where you gain confidence from what you've achieved in the past and looking back, knowing that you can do it.

"If I'm playing and opening with Davey it'll obviously be a nice feeling ... Davey is a very positive guy."

Burns logged single-figure scores in his most recent Sheffield Shield game but earned plenty of plaudits for a knock of 129 in the opening round of the first-class competition.

Those runs came at the Gabba against a star-studded NSW side featuring Warner, Steve Smith, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon.

"There was a bit of banter there which is fantastic, you want to see guys playing the same way for their states as you do for your country," Burns said.

"When those boys are up and firing it certainly spurs you on to bigger heights, and it was very satisfying to make some runs in that game.

"You look back on and feel confident and know that you're hitting the ball really well against good opposition and then hopefully carry that into a Test."

Burns, who last month distanced himself from Usman Khawaja's suggestion the Queensland pair were "scapegoats" in Sri Lanka, admits it was a "tough tour".

"I didn't make many runs and the team was losing," he said.

"Sri Lanka was my first Test loss and first series loss.

"I just had to make sure ... I learn from it. That's all I've been trying to do."

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