Australia's David Warner said Will Pucovski has batted himself into contention for a spot at the top of the order in the first Test against India but questioned whether it would be the right call to break up his opening partnership with Joe Burns.
Victoria's Pucovski, 22, has been included in Australia's 17-man squad for the four-Test series against India after amassing 495 runs in two Sheffield Shield matches.
He will have another chance to impress when he faces India's bowlers in a tour match in Sydney from December 6, a game that is being viewed as a “bat-off” with incumbent opener Burns, who has not managed a fifty in his last five innings.
“If they go the way of Will, he has been batting fantastic and been in and out of the test squad. He is in the right frame of mind at the moment. It probably is an opportunity for him to come into the team," Warner said.
“But as we know it's harder to get out of this team than get in. I didn't think Joe did anything wrong last summer. We had some great partnerships.
“That's what you want from your opening partnership. And at the end of the day, I have to be happy with it and embrace whoever they pick.”
Burns and Warner average over 50 at the top of the order and their partnership helped Australia whitewash Pakistan and New Zealand during the last home summer.
“I have batted time with Joe together in the middle. I know exactly what we are about when we're out there,” Warner added. “We won a lot of games last year. For me, you don't break something that is working.”
While David Warner and Chris Rogers opened together in 41 innings and averaged 51.32 with nine hundred stands, Warner and Joe Burns averaged 50.55 from 27. They have featured in six-century partnerships so far.
David Warner added that, according to him, Burns didn’t do anything wrong last summer as the duo put on some great partnerships and averaged over 60.
The 34-year-old also revealed that the massive 222-run partnership he and Burns were involved in during the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane, after his torrid 2019 Ashes, strengthened their bond.
Australia will kick-off their home series against India with the first of the three ODIs at Sydney on November 27.
“If they go the way of Will, he has been batting fantastic and been in and out of the Test squad,” Warner said. “He is in the right frame of mind at the moment. It probably is an opportunity for him to come into the team.
“But as we know it’s harder to get out of this team than get in. I didn’t think Joe did anything wrong last summer. We had some great partnerships.
“That’s what you want from your opening partnership. And at the end of the day, I have to be happy with it and embrace whoever they pick.”\
I think last year was probably the most disciplined I've batted in Test match cricket as well. I faced a lot of balls in the games and gave myself a lot of time. I really took pride in the last 12-24 months, to apply that discipline and you keep learning as you get older.
"You don't always have this game down pat. You've always had to keep thinking outside that square and bowlers have different ideas and ways of trying to get you out. You've got to be on top of your game to be able to adapt to that."