Like Denly, he had to have a concussion assessment after a ball smacked him on the helmet and three balls later was out as the bouncing continued. Archer, in his Test debut, and Broad, who is known to be particularly vulnerable against the short ball, were also on the receiving end of the same approach.
Archer, who left Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey with a gash on his chin when a brutal bouncer knocked his helmet off during the World Cup semi-final, bowled the fastest ball of the day on Thursday and could well exact revenge on day three.
“I would have thought so. He copped a fair few as well so he’s probably looking forward to getting his own back,” Burns said.
“I think Nathan Lyon ran past me this morning and mentioned it within about three balls so I was well versed and prepared for what I was getting. It’s just a good battle, isn’t it?”
“It’s quite an obvious tactic. The boys are preparing for it and luckily we can dish out some of our own in this game as well. We’ve got some boys in our armoury who do the same thing so it should be pretty interesting.”
Asked about Burns’ admission about his on-field warning, Lyon replied: “I said that? Oh, ok.”
Lyon said he was well aware what was coming Australia’s way, even if he’s not exactly relishing the idea of chin music.
“Mate, I can’t bat – what do you reckon?” Lyon said. “I can’t bat, I’m a No.10, No.11 batter and I average 10.
“They’ve got a world-class bowling attack. It’s Jofra’s first Test but he’s a world-class bowler, we all know that.
“You know that, the whole world knows that. Broad – same thing.
“Of course it’s going to be challenging, but that’s Test cricket, that’s why we play it. Me, personally, I want to challenge myself against the best players in the world and these guys are the best bowlers in the world.
“So even though I can’t bat, I’ll go out and give it a go. Unless you want to do it for me.”
Chris Barrett is Sports Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.