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Burns declared fit to play again after being diagnosed with fatigue disorder

Joe Burns has been declared fit to play again after being diagnosed with a fatigue disorder which threatened his chances of making it to the Australian side for the Ashes.

The 29-year-old, who has played 14 Tests and six ODIs for Australia, called time on his stint with Lancashire after making only one appearance for the county.

He was diagnosed with ‘post-infectious fatigue disorder’, stemming from a viral infection last year.

Burns has now recovered well and spent the past fortnight training which included sessions with former Australia coach Darren Lehmann.

He was due to arrive in England on Thursday to join the Australia A side in order to make a case for his selection in the Ashes.

"It's good news that Joe is back to full fitness," said national selector Trevor Hohns.

"Given that he's had the okay to resume playing, and has been training at full tilt with Queensland, we've decided to add him to the (Australia A) squad to give him the opportunity to press for selection in the Ashes squad."

The Ashes kicks off on August 1 with Burns and Marcus Harris being the leading contenders to open the batting with David Warner.