Joe Burns’ troubles continue as Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah sparkle with a pink ball


Bumrah also scored an unbeaten 55 of 57 balls to rescue the Indians.

Australia A 108 (Saini 3-19, Shami 3-29) trail Indians 194 (Bumrah 55 *) for 86 runs

Joe Burns’ horrific start to the season continued with a second ball against the pink ball at SCG to raise further questions about whether he can be selected for the opening test in Adelaide.

It was another day that provided more problems than answers for the Australians, despite reducing the Indians to 123 from 9, with off-roader Cameron Green forced out of the game with a concussion after a blow to the head in his follow-up. In one of the most unlikely stories, his replacement Patrick Rowe made his first-class debut against the skill of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

Facing his second ball from Bumrah, who had previously scored with a top fifty in first class, Burns had an advantage against a pitch just off the stump to leave him with a 61-run count in eight innings this season. He also made back-to-back ducks against the Indians in the space of four days after he went scoreless in the second inning at Drummoyne Oval.

He’s likely to get one more inning in this match, but now he faces the prospect of needing one of the selectors’ greatest displays of faith if he wants to play the Test day and night.