Posted: 17 November, 2016 by AAP

Joe Burns Loses Wicket In Identical Fashion

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Under fire Test opener Joe Burns has fallen cheaply for Queensland in their Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at the Gabba.

But Australian teammate Usman Khawaja (41 not out) has offered plenty of fight to help guide the Bulls to 1-67 at lunch on day one on Thursday.

Burns appears on thin ice ahead of next week's third Test against South Africa in Adelaide after being caught behind for just four.

The Bulls opener was caught down the leg side off Kane Richardson in just the sixth over of the day, in identical fashion to his second Test dismissal at Hobart.

All incumbent Test batsmen - including Burns and Khawaja - were sent back to Shield duty this week in the wake of Australia's humbling second Test loss.

Khawaja would have impressed selectors after braving tough early conditions, toiling away under an overcast sky and on a juicy Gabba deck.

It took 12 balls before a watchful Khawaja got off the mark with the first of his five boundaries.

Shield leaders South Australia are missing rested Test quick Joe Mennie but the Bulls were kept honest by an attack led by potential baggy green bolter Chadd Sayers (0-21 off 10 overs) and Richardson (1-15 off nine).

South Australia's Callum Ferguson will also be out for runs after a disastrous Test debut in Hobart.

The Redbacks lead the Shield ladder with two wins from as many matches while fourth-placed Queensland have lost both their opening games.

-AAP

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