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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Australia v South Africa 2016-17: Mark Taylor turns the heat on Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja

Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has urged Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns to improve their fielding and believes all batsmen must learn to be “horses for all courses” if Australia are to prevail at home and abroad.
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Taylor says the Australian side remains in transition but is hopeful selectors will have a settled line-up once the home Test series against South Africa and Pakistan are completed, for even bigger campaigns in India early next year and the 2017-18 Ashes series await.

Selection ahead of the opening Test against the Proteas in Perth, beginning November 3, remains intriguing, with opener Burns and No.3 batsman Khawaja fighting to regain their spots, having been dropped for the final Test of a losing tour of Sri Lanka.

Adam Voges, who turned 37 on Tuesday, needs to rebound quickly from his modest tour, while Shaun Marsh will be keen to retain his spot, having replaced Burns at the top of the order and posted a ton in Colombo.

Taylor says Burns, who is still mastering the tough role of bat pad, and Khawaja, not known for his fielding, suffer from not having a “second skill” other than their specialist batting.

“Obviously, Burnsy and Khawaja have made excellent contributions at times but the problem they both have got, and something that has worried me for a while, is that both of them don’t bring another skill to the table in terms of a being a good catcher or a really good fielder or even a part-time bowler,” Taylor told Fairfax Media on Wednesday.

“When you are an out-and-out batsman, as those two are, if you don’t do well, as they did in Sri Lanka, and they aren’t the first two batsmen to have a bad time in the sub-continent, you find yourself out of the team. That’s the worry both of them have got. What the selectors will do, I don’t really know because Shaun Marsh in a way is a bit the same.

“I really think these younger batsmen, and they are not young anymore, I would love to see them when they are ready to play for Australia, not just bring their batting skill but bring a good catching skill to the side.

“I think that is something they are lacking in their repertoire and I think the Australian cricket team at the moment is lacking some really good catchers which make a big difference, particularly in places like India and Sri Lanka and even here in Australia. It’s an area we really need to improve.”

Taylor, a prominent commentator on Channel Nine’s coverage, said he sensed Burns did not enjoy his spot in the field, and compared this to uncapped West Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft, who has declared he wants to thrive in that role.

“I get the feeling watching him in there, he [Burns] doesn’t really feel comfortable in there. I think every cricketer will say it’s not the most sought-after position in the team but it’s one of those positions where you really have to make it tour own,” he said.

“I read somewhere that Cameron Bancroft said that he wants to be known as the best bat-pad in the game. I think those sort of comments will only do him a lot of good come the selection of that first Test team because I think when it comes to picking some top-order players, it would be nice if one, two or three of them, whether either slippers, bat pads, or a really good backward-point fielder, like a [Ricky] Ponting or a Jonty Rhodes, that’s what we really need.”

Burns, Khawaja and Voges had enjoyed strong home summers before being part of Australia’s wider woes against Sri Lanka.

Team performance boss Pat Howard has since suggested selectors take a “horses-for-courses” approach to selection on the sub-continent, meaning runs scored or wickets taken at home may not carry as much weight when picking a side to combat the spinning sub-continent decks.

Taylor said that philosophy could work in terms of bowlers, for more spinners are needed on the sub-continent, but not for batting.

“When it comes to batting, I would like to see our batsmen be horses for all courses. That’s what you are supposed to be – as a young cricketer coming through you want a batsman who can bat in Perth on a bouncy one and bat at the SCG or the MCG if it [the ball] is staying down. Khawaja and Burns have work to do because at the moment they are not a horse for every course,” he said.

Taylor said he hopes Bancroft, an opening batsman who was picked for the tour of Bangladesh last year which was cancelled for safety reasons, “gets an opportunity very shortly”. Bancroft, 23, can also keep wickets.

“I think it would be tough for Shaun [Marsh] to miss out, to be totally honest, because he did come back in and make a hundred,” Taylor said.

“Having said that, I think we have to start picking our side with that eye to the future. I would love to see that.

“There is no doubt I think our team is still in a bit of transition … we really want our side, not so much set in stone, but a real core of players there by the end of this summer to take on India and then England.”

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