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Cricket news - Joe Burns diagnosed with fatigue syndrome

In May last year, Burns had unexpectedly cut short his County stint with Lancashire.

Australia's Test opener Joe Burns is said to be battling a chronic fatigue syndrome for the past eight months, Queensland Cricket confirmed in a statement.

"After consultation with specialists, he was diagnosed with a protracted post-infectious fatigue disorder dating back to an October 2018 viral infection," the official release from Queensland Cricket stated.

Burns played all through the 2018-19 domestic summer and even helped CA end their long-standing search for David Warner's opening partner in Tests. He scored a splendid 180 against Sri Lanka in Canberra, and even starred for Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat in the limited-overs tournaments - all this while battling fatigue and burnout.

In May last year, Burns unexpectedly cut short his County stint with Lancashire and returned home on the first day of his second fixture in England.

The club statement also said, though an assessment of Burns's situation is not available at the moment, the opening batsman - who is undergoing rehabilitation currently - expects to be back to cricket in the near future.

Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters extended a hand of support to the batsman, saying: "We wish Joe the best in his recovery and look forward to helping him make a successful return as soon as possible."

Australia will hope he can use enough down time between now and the end of the World Cup to get himself back to optimum fitness level ahead of the gruelling away Ashes series, beginning from August 1.

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