Pucovski learning what makes Burns tick

Will Pucovski is getting set to open with Joe Burns in a prelude to the first Test of the summer.
Will Pucovski is getting set to open with Joe Burns in a prelude to the first Test of the summer.

Chris Rogers remains on hand and an authoritative sounding board for Will Pucovski but the uncapped prodigy is also spending plenty of time with Joe Burns as he closes in on a baggy green.

Pucovski, Burns and Tim Paine are part of a star-studded Australia A outfit that will face India A in a tour game that starts at Sydney's Drummoyne Oval on Sunday.

It was to be a 'bat off' between Pucovski and Burns, who were locked in a selection showdown before the first Test that begins on December 17.

However, David Warner's groin injury means Pucovski and Burns will now likely also open in the four-Test series opener.

"Joe and I get along really well, which is a good start. We haven't batted together heaps," Pucovski told reporters.

"As long as you know how to bounce off each other and get each other going in the middle, or know what each other require, that's all that matters.

"If you know how each other work, more on a human level, that generally makes a pretty good partnership.

"We've had a few conversations, just about little things to help each other through."

Rogers is part of the Australia A coaching staff in Sydney.

Pucovski has formed a close bond with the former Test opener, who was appointed Victoria coach in August and then asked the 22-year-old to open the batting for his state.

It was a promotion that paid immediate dividends with Pucovski becoming just the eighth batsman to record double-tons in consecutive Sheffield Shield games.

"I was pretty happy when I found out he was coming up, just because having that continuity is really helpful," Pucovski said of Rogers.

"He understands me pretty well and I understand him pretty well, so he's definitely good to bounce ideas off."

Paine also has plenty of experience to pass on, although Pucovski suggested his chat with the Test skipper in the nets on Friday was as much about video games as India's star-studded attack.

Pucovski and Burns are slated to become Australia's first right-handed opening Test partnership since Michael Slater and Greg Blewett performed the job in 2000.

The would-be debutant downplayed the significance of having two right-handers atop the order.

"It might make a little difference," Pucovski said.

"But it's not something you notice too much when you're out in the middle."

Australian Associated Press