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Joe Burns axed from squad for last two matches

Australia opener Joe Burns has finally been axed from the Test squad after struggling mightily in the first two Tests against India.

Burns was almost a certainty to be dropped after the Boxing Day Test, which wrapped up yesterday, as he had averaged just 10.41 across 13 first-class innings this summer.

The Queenslander offered a brief glimmer of hope for the selectors with an unbeaten half-century in the second innings of the opening Test, but he did not cross double-figures in the second Test.

In positive news for Australia, both David Warner and Will Pucovski have been included in the 18-man squad for the final two Tests.

AUSTRALIA’S TEST SQUAD: Tim Paine (TAS) (c) Pat Cummins (NSW) (vc) Sean Abbott (NSW) Cameron Green (WA) Josh Hazlewood (NSW) Marcus Harris (VIC) Travis Head (SA) Moises Henriques (NSW) Marnus Labuschagne (QLD) Nathan Lyon (NSW) Michael Neser (QLD) James Pattinson (VIC) Will Pucovski (VIC) Steve Smith (NSW) Mitchell Starc (NSW) Mitchell Swepson (QLD) Matthew Wade (TAS) David Warner (NSW)

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