Burns comfortable as Australia opener


Joe Burns says he feels at ease at the top of Australia's batting order ahead of the first Test against the West Indies.

Since an impressive 129 in the first Test against New Zealand at the Gabba in November, Burns has managed a high of 40 as an opener.

However, the 26-year-old insists he is confident in the position and hopes he can do what is required when the three-Test series begins in Hobart next Thursday.

"With the role, I feel really comfortable," Burns said.

"It's where I have had success and that success has led to selection for Australia. I take a lot of confidence from that.

"I haven't had any real feedback [from Darren Lehmann in regards to selection] - I know what my job is."

Burns struggled in the third Test against the Black Caps in Adelaide, getting out for 14 and 11 in the first and second innings respectively, but he believes he was the victim of a green wicket.

"I think it was the nature of the wicket, having a bit more grass on it, every ball seemed to nibble a little bit, and when you got a good ball it was very hard not to get out," he said.

"As an opening batter your job changes from innings to innings.

"I guess it is always nice to make more runs, you always want to make more.

"But at the end of the day to win the series convincingly [2-0] is a very satisfying feeling."