The batsman will fly out of Brisbane and is set to link up with the tour party on Thursday in Brighton ahead of its opening four-day fixture against Sussex, which starts at Arundel on Sunday 7 July.
“I just thought I was getting old...”@CricketAus Test Opener @joeburns441 opens up about the virus fatigue that almost derailed his #Ashes
Selectors have fast tracked his return - flying to England to link up with Aussie Squad @7Cricket @7NewsBrisbane pic.twitter.com/k6mcNXJbDf
— Ben Davis (@BenDavis74) July 3, 2019
The 29 year-old played in both Tests of Australia’s most recent series, at home against Sri Lanka, and scored 180, his fourth Test hundred, in the second match, in Canberra in February.
Following the conclusion of the domestic season he linked up with English county side Lancashire, only to cut short that stint after just one match, returning home to recover from what tests identified as post-infectious fatigue disorder.
He underwent a treatment period of rest and recuperation and has been training with the Queensland Bulls for the past two weeks.
Speaking about his call-up, Joe Burns said: “I’m looking forward to getting back on the cricket field and really welcome the opportunity to be involved with the Australia A squad over in England.”
The player will be available to media prior to departure from Brisbane on Wednesday morning (3 July). He will be at the International departures terminal at 9.30am. Stephen Gray from Queensland Cricket (0418 885 899) will manage the opportunity.
National Selector Trevor Hohns said: “It’s good news that Joe is back to full fitness, and given that he’s had the okay to resume playing and has been training at full tilt with Queensland we’ve decided to add him to the squad for the upcoming four-day games to give him the opportunity to press for selection in the Ashes squad.”
Joe has played a total of 16 Tests, scoring 1123 runs at 40.10, as well as six One-Day Internationals, all of the latter coming on the 2015 tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom.