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Allan Border says Australia’s selectors took a gamble at the top of the order for the first Test which didn’t pan out.

The former Australia captain is sympathetic given the selectors had little choice but to take a risk with first choices David Warner and Will Pucovski out injured.

But Border says it was little surprise the combination of Matthew Wade and Joe Burns found the going tough at Adelaide Oval against India, both making just eight runs.

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Asked if their selections were a gamble that backfired, he told “Yeah, exactly that.

“It was a gamble because you’re shuffling one guy (Wade) from his customary Test match position. Yes, he opens in short-form cricket, but that’s a vastly different beast to what they’re facing at the moment … Test match cricket on this sort of surface here, you need to have your wits about you and have a background about how to open the batting.”

“I tended to agree with the gamble in that I didn’t see an obvious replacement with Pucovski out, I was hoping he’d be fit to play,” he conceded.


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Wade had never opened the batting for Australia but was moved up from No.6 to help cover for Warner. The left-hander was deemed an appropriate opening back-up as his elevation allowed Cameron Green to take his spot at No.6, and limit disruption through the rest of the order.

As for Burns, he was given another chance for Australia despite a woeful run with the bat that has seen him average single digits this season.

“With Burnsy, I mean we were always just worried about that because he hasn’t shown any form whatsoever,” Border said.

“His footwork, mentally he’s a bit shot and he’s just having no luck.

“Anyway, the experiment didn’t work, we were always worried that would be the case.”

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