Joe Burns sees a silver lining in the longer offseason
MELBOURNE: After being hit by a fatigue illness last year, Australian starter Joe Burns sees a silver lining in the long season of cricket due to the coronavirus to turn off.
With all the cricket suspended and Australia still largely blocked to contain COVID-19, Burns and his teammates have plenty of time to kill before returning to the field.
For burns, insulation in the home has not been entirely bad and has actually offered a good opportunity to recharge the batteries.
This forced layoff for everyone definitely provides an opportunity to really hit, restart and physically prepare for next summer, Burns told reporters in a video conference on Thursday.
It is probably the longest offseason any of us have had in a long time.
From a physical perspective, it gives us an opportunity to be in a really strong position.
I think that is the positive side.
Before COVID-19, modern cricketers had never been so busy, and players chose to fill tight spots on the international calendar with periods in national tournaments.
Playing in England last year, Burns abruptly left Lancashire County after a game to return home and recover from a chronic fatigue condition that doctors tracked down to an infection the year before.
He was omitted from the Ashes team, but regained his place in the summer of home, enjoying a fruitful opening partnership with David Warner in series against Pakistan and New Zealand.
There are times during the year when you get a little tired, get a little tired and want to spend time at home, said the 30-year-old, who was awarded one of the 20 national contracts awarded by Cricket australia last week.
It's the other end of the spectrum now ... You can't just wait to go out on the cricket ground and run with your teammates, get stuck in training and play games.
He said he was slowly learning to cook and had been using a cricket stump to hit a golf ball tied to a rope, Don Bradman-style, in his garage-turned-gym.
While noting that his salary could be reduced without the resumption of cricket, he was calm about the financial impact of COVID-19, saying that the players had not yet received any salary cuts from the board.
With the two-game series slated for June against Bangladesh postponed indefinitely, Burns is pinning his hopes that India can tour in the local summer, offering an intriguing series between Tim Paine top rated test side and Virat Kohli The number two team in the world.
As a starting hitter, it is very exciting for me ... There is going to be a big challenge this summer and a big role to play in overriding bowlers from India, especially at the start of a test match.