England ban football as cricket warm-up
Opener Rory Burns was ruled out of the rest of the Test series in South Africa after injuring his ankle playing football in training on Thursday.
With an average of 55.40, Burns scored 52, 101 and 84 in three Tests during the winter.
England’s turmoil continued as pace sensation Jofra Archer has also been thrown out of the contest with a right elbow injury that accounted him during the training session.
Sports mail revealed that another English star Ollie Pope had narrowly escaped from a serious injury against a challenge from Matt Parkinson in the New Year’s Day football session that left Pope with a cut and bruised ankle.
Pope told BBC Test Match Special, “We’ll cop that on the chin and think about another way to get the energy going in the morning.
“Rory has been looking very good. It’s a massive shame and bad luck for him,”
Sussex fast bowler Tymal Mills revealed that Jofra Archer believes soccer could be outlawed entirely.
Mills told, “Jofra Archer put a message on our group suggesting that football warm-ups could be done for all the counties.
“The strength and conditioning coaches might be getting the message to ban it. I know Ashley Giles wanted it gone,” he said.
Some twelve years ago, former England coach Andy Flower banned football after Joe Denly had been injured in training at the Oval by Owais Shah almost and then Jimmy Anderson was hurt during a game in Wellington the following year.
But it was reinstated by Paul Farbrace and Trevor Bayliss in 2015 saying playing football has more benefits in as a warm-up show than the risks involved in it.