Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane March 8, 2013

Burns ton gives Queensland lead

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Queensland 9 for 262 (Burns 104*, Hopes 72, Hilfenhaus 3-72) lead Tasmania 245 (Wells 82, Harris 3-85) by 17 runs

Joe Burns' sure-handed century took Queensland to first-innings points over Tasmania before a late burst of wickets kept the Tigers in the contest on day two of the Sheffield Shield match at the Gabba.

The Bulls quickly rolled up Tasmania's tail on the second morning before Burns produced the spinal innings for the hosts, well supported by a typically doughty 72 from the captain James Hopes.

At 6 for 250, the Bulls had a chance of building a major lead, but Luke Butterworth claimed Ryan Harris and Cameron Gannon in successive balls to keep the match finely balanced.

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  • Andrew on March 8, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (March 8, 2013, 11:31 GMT) - I agree, Burns is our best uncapped prospect. I would like him to stay away from 20/20. The thing I liked about this innings is he faced over 270 balls. That suggests he was comfortable to occupy the crease & let runs come to him. @Sprojy on (March 8, 2013, 12:01 GMT) - I'd like to see him tour with the Ashes - but be a reserve batsmen & get the experience in time for the home Ashes.

  • Hamish on March 8, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    @sprojly my mistake, skim read and mistook the test average for the FC average. His FC average of 47 is incredibly suprising! Especially when considering the arm chair critics stating that he is a hack and unable to play test cricket.

  • Matt on March 8, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Joe Burns doesn't have higher FC average than Warner, at least not before this game. Burns is a gun and he will be a ten year player for us. I am more than happy for him to be given a season before he gets called in though, unless he hits the County comp with a bang.

  • Hamish on March 8, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Joe burns looks the best of our young batsmen. All though his form has dropped a little this year, it's absolutely great news to hear he's playing county cricket in the winter. With a FC average superior to Cowan and warner, he could be in the international set up soon.

    The good news is that he can be gradually placed into the international setup with him being a very good odi player. Hughes should be opener with Cowan, with Warner dropping to 6 and watson being dropped entirely for burns.

    Watson is not a future prospect and does not help with the rebuilding stage.

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