Promising Australia batsman Will Pucovski may have to wait for his much-anticipated Test debut with skipper Tim Paine showing keenness to persist with struggling Joe Burns when the high-stakes series against India begins next month. Despite Pucovski scoring truckloads of runs, including consecutive double centuries in the Marsh Sheffield Shield, Australia Test captain Paine hinted that Burns may continue his opening partnership with David Warner.Also Read - James Anderson Terms David Warner's Record in Australia 'Ridiculous' As Both Teams Gear Up For Battle of Ashes

“Burnsy had a really good summer for us last year with David Warner, their partnership and relationship is a really important one for our team,” Paine was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press. Also Read - Ashes 2021: Alex Carey Locked In For First Two Tests Against England At The Gabba

“They got us off to a number of good starts last year. Burnsy hasn’t been in the form that he would like or scored the runs he would like. But we know he does a good job. Also Read - IPL 2022: 'Chapter closed', Says David Warner as SRH Release Him For Mega Auction

“He averages close to 40 in Test cricket for Australia, which is a great effort opening the batting, and I expect him to start this summer,” he added.

Many former players, including ex-captain Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke and Kim Hughes have called for Pucovski to debut on December 17 at Adelaide Oval in light of his sparkling form and the struggles of Burns. However, current skipper Paine believes that Burns should not be dropped.

Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns and coach Justin Langer have also indicated that Burns is unlikely to be left out of the Test team.

Burns averaged 11.4 with only one score above 20 but he was Australia’s third-highest run-scorer last summer – 256 at 32.00. The four-Test series will begin with day/night Test at Adelaide from December 17.