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England unrest by double injury blows


England opening batsman Rory Burns will be sidelined for the rest of the Test series in South Africa after suffering ligament damage on Thursday while playing football in practice sessions.

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It is the second injury blow in English camp followed by Jofra Archer who also hurt his left ankle during warm-ups. He is also doubtful for the second Test.

An ECB statement said Burns will now return to home for further assessment and treatment. Zak Crawley is expected to replace Burns on Friday’s match.

Burns made England highest score of 84 in the second innings of the first Test in Centurion in which the visitors lost the match by 107 runs.

England captain Joe Root termed it ‘disappointing’ to watch fast bowler Jofra Archer out of the team whose six wickets were the most for the touring side.

“It was quite disappointing to see him pull up like that and now we’ll just have to make another late call,”

Root said.

“It’s been frustrating throughout, but these things happen in sport and you got to manage them as best you can and we are trying to do everything we can to make sure that if anyone does pick up illness or injury, others are fit and ready to go,” he added.

“If you look at his short career, he’s made impacts with big moments in big test matches so, of course, it will be a big loss if he is not fit to play but it creates another opportunity for someone else,” Root said.

“Everything is still on the table as it stands. We’ll make a decision on the surface when we’ve had a closer look at it, maybe even tomorrow morning,” he said.

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