ALL eyes will be on Joe Burns this month as he sets out to prove himself worthy of a place back in the Australian Test side.
Poor results saw the batsman dropped from the third Test in Sri Lanka last month and replaced by Shaun Marsh, but if history repeats itself, this year's Matador Cup could be just the platform Burns needs to prove his worth.
Last year the right-hander showed his talent in the second half of the Matador Cup with three consecutive half-centuries after what looked to be a shaky start.
Burns said he was excited for the upcoming Test matches, regardless of whether he made the squad.
"We saw with the Adelaide Test last year how many fans got behind (the day-night format) and with the Test in Brisbane it means more of the game is going to be under lights so it will be a massive spectacle," he said.
His favourite moment in his cricket career so far was one made at The Gabba during day three of the First Test match against New Zealand in November 2015.
"The best moment was making 100 at the Gabba in front of friends and family," Burns said.
"To see a lot of familiar faces in the crowd meant a lot to me."
A Brisbane boy through and through, he cites home turf, The Gabba, as his favourite place to play the game.
"There aren't too many pitches in world cricket anymore that are like The Gabba so it's always an exciting match," Burns said.
"It's got a lot of pace and bounce so if you bowl well you'll get wickets and if you bat well, you'll get runs."
Some of his favourite childhood memories are that of backyard and beach cricket.
"I had a good upbringing with a great lifestyle," he said.
"The weather's fantastic so you have so many options of things to do.
"When I get time at home it's a great city to relax in and go get a coffee or head to the city or South Bank.
"Plus I enjoy watching the Brisbane Broncos on a Friday night."
Burns' next match at The Gabba will be for the Queensland Bulls on October 25 to kick off the Sheffield Shield competition.
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