Brisbane: Australia batsman Joe Burns said Friday that he is not keen on playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) and instead wants to focus on the longer format of the game.
"Test cricket is my priority and I am not too keen to go to the IPL," Burns was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
He said playing Twenty20 cricket in India is “very different” from what he wants to do as a cricketer -- which is to play as much Test cricket as possible.
“I enjoy playing the longer form of the game and I want to try to make myself as good as I can at long-form cricket. My main aim is to play as much Test cricket as possible," said the 25-year-old.
"If I had nominated for the IPL and got picked up by a franchise, it would have been my first time going over there. But trying to learn to play T20 cricket in Indian conditions is very different to what I want to be doing after that.”
Burns has played in two Tests so far, both against India, and has scored 146 runs with a highest of 66.