“Oh say it ain’t so, Joe.”
Fox Sports commentator Mark Howard summed it up pretty well as Joe Burns’ horror season continued at The Gabba on Saturday night.
The axed Australian Test opener got straight back on the horse for the Brisbane Heat in their BBL clash with the defending champion Sydney Sixers.
Burns has a strong record in the competition and perhaps this was an opportunity to slog his way back into form.
Instead it was another tough watch as Burns struggled to score one of seven balls before holing out at third man off the bowling of Jackson Bird.
Another long, lonely walk back to the pavilion.
“The shot was on, just didn’t get enough bat on it,” former Australia star Andrew Symonds noted.
“You wonder what’s going through the poor man’s head.
“Not what we would have wished for him tonight.”
Burns played the first two Tests against India before selectors lost patience.
The 31-year-old averaged just 10.41 across 13 first class innings this summer.
“He’s been through a horrendous season,” ex-England international Isa Guha said.
“He got that 50 in the first Test match and thought OK, he’s back.
“But here again, 1 from 7, getting into odd positions, you really feel for him at the moment.
“Hopefully he’ll be able to get himself out of this patch.”
BBL ball in a beer cup
The Heat are chasing the Sixers’ score of 8-165 to win.
Josh Philippe top scored for the Sixers with 48 while Mark Steketee took 4-33 for the Heat.