Melbourne - Australia opening batsman Joe
Burns said on Tuesday he is unsure where he sits in the Test selection showdown
against Shaun Marsh following the likely recall of Usman Khawaja to the side.
Khawaja showed no ill-effects of a
hamstring injury which side-lined him from Australia's previous two Tests when
he hammered 109 off 70 balls for Big Bash League Twenty20 franchise Sydney
Thunder on Sunday.
Khawaja is set to be recalled by Australia
for Saturday's second Test against the West Indies, leaving Burns and Marsh
battling for the remaining batting spot.
Burns said he had yet to be told by
chairperson of selectors Rod Marsh what the team's plans were for the Boxing
Day showpiece at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
"No contact, everyone's been busy with
the Big Bash and their different franchises," Burns told reporters.
"It's not until you all get together
that you catch up again.
"I'm just focused on getting to each
day, training as hard as I can with a view to making sure I'm ready to
Australia will train on Wednesday, when the
selectors are likely to discuss their batting options.
"It's going to be a tough call,"
"All the players will understand
selection is part of the game... it's not the end of the world."
Burns has played in all four Tests this
season, opening the batting alongside David Warner following the retirement of
Chris Rogers after this year's Ashes series in England.
The 26-year-old celebrated his maiden Test
hundred in Brisbane but since then has scored 40, 0, 14, 11 and 33 for
"It's been frustrating," Burns
"Because as an opening batter the
hardest thing to do is probably getting a start.
"To go on and waste it, to make some
30s and 40s -- it doesn't really count for much.
"The satisfying thing is I am getting
a start... but the frustrating part is that with those starts you should be
making 50s at least and 100s ideally."
Marsh scored 182 as Australia crushed the
West Indies in Hobart, while his 49 helped steer the hosts home in the
inaugural day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide.
Khawaja had been in great touch before his
injury, scoring 174 and 121 in the first two Tests against New Zealand last