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Burns key Qld's one-day hopes
Laine Clark
19:08 AEST Tue Nov 20 2012

Everything about Mark Waugh appealed to Joe Burns growing up - well, maybe not the mullet.

Waugh's laidback, uncomplicated approach has clearly rubbed off on Burns - and the clean-cut Queensland batsman reckons he will need it in a crunch one-day clash with NSW at the Gabba on Wednesday.

"I had a V100 (bat) when I was younger and was in the front yard trying to bat like Mark Waugh," Burns told AAP.

"He looked so relaxed.

"These days I enjoy watching him bat in the World Series classic games on Fox (TV) - but maybe not the old school haircut."

Burns, 23, has something else in common with his former idol - plenty of runs.

Burns is among the top 10 in Sheffield Shield and one-day run scorers this season, averaging 46.66 in 50-over cricket with two half centuries in three games.

And he is eyeing off another score against the Blues in a bid to keep the Bulls' one-day title hopes alive.

Queensland believe they have turned the corner after breaking a six-match one-day losing streak with last week's final-over win against Tasmania in Hobart.

With Victoria on 19 points and South Australia on 14, a loss would end the title hopes of the Bulls (4).

Another big knock will keep Burns' name in front of national selectors who rewarded him with a nod on Australia A's off-season trip to England.

"I was playing with guys I was watching on TV not that long ago," Burns said of his Australia A trip.

"It was a strange feeling but yet I felt comfortable - I take confidence from that."

He has also caught the eye of ex-Test skipper Greg Chappell who rated him one of the top five young batsmen to watch in the upcoming Big Bash League despite not playing a Twenty20 game to date.

"For him to even rate me, that does give you confidence. Hopefully I can back that up," Burns said.

A Bulls squad without captain James Hopes (knee) will hope to inflict more pain on a NSW side still smarting from Victoria's weekend record run chase.

"We are still wary. You can't read too much into that game - it was a pretty flat wicket," Burns said.


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