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Cautionary Tale For Burns' Fatigue

Friday 14 June 2019


From ESPNcricinfo:


Rob Baker
Rob Baker in 2002 shortly before his career ended.
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Cautionary tale for Burns' fatigue

By Alex Malcolm
14 June 2019
© Copyright 2019 ESPNcricinfo.

Joe Burns was due to be at New Road this week, helping Lancashire against Worcestershire in Division Two of the County Championship.

Instead he is home in Brisbane, resting, after it was revealed he had been diagnosed with post viral fatigue disorder following a virus in October last year.

It is not an illness that is widely understood but it is far from uncommon. Whilst it is believed Burns' diagnosis has been detected early and Queensland and Cricket Australia medical staff are expecting him to make a swift and strong recovery, the news made former Australia Under-19 captain and Western Australia batsman Rob Baker shudder.

"I get a sick feeling in my stomach," Baker told ESPNcricinfo.

Baker was a rising star among a golden generation of WA batsmen in the 1990s. He captained Australia's U-19s on a tour of India in 1994, leading a squad featuring Michael Hussey, Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie and Andrew Symonds, against an India line-up with VVS Laxman in their middle order.

Baker broke into the strong WA Sheffield Shield side and made 83 in the 1995-96 Shield final, where South Australia held on for a thrilling draw. In 1998-99 he made a century and three half-centuries in 13 innings, averaging a tick under 50, and played in WA's last Shield-winning final, against Queensland.

But just as his career was set to take off in 1999-2000 after a solid start to the season, he was struck down with illness ahead of a tour match against Pakistan.


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