The still-smouldering Joe Burns question

Joe Burns’ celebrates his maiden Test century in Brisbane last week. But why was he ever out of the squad? Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: The end of the lost Ashes series in July was always going to bring with it selection angst for some players, and indeed, the Australian selectors.

Largely, retirements negated the need for tough calls. Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin would surely have had trouble featuring in any ongoing future plans had they not retired, while Ryan Harris’ knee made that decision for him before the previously unthinkable was contemplated. Michael Clarke pulling the pin as he did came as something of a surprise, perhaps, while the rapid vacation of so many senior players has probably extended Adam Voges’ career for now.

Joe Burns won a recall for the First Test in Brisbane last week, and the stylish Queenslander repaid that faith in spades. His first innings 71 was backed up with his maiden Test century in the second innings, and his spectacular start to the summer has left me with one fairly big, nagging question

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