Rory Burns sidelined for four-months
England opener Rory Burns will be out of action for four months following ankle surgery. He ruptured ligaments in his left ankle while playing football, part of the warm-ups in the day before the Cape Town Test.
That leads Burns to miss England’s oncoming Sri Lanka tour, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Tuesday.
Immense criticisms had been routed following Burns’ injury that led ECB to ban football in cricket’s practice sessions from now on.
A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read, “England opening batsman Rory Burns has undergone successful surgery on ruptured ligaments in his left ankle. The Surrey captain is expected to be out of action for up to four months.
“He will miss England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka in March and is aiming to return to play with Surrey in the County Championship at the beginning of the 2020 season in April.”
Burns is now expected to make his return in English domestic season in April. In last five innings, Burns hit two half centuries and a century before injury ruled him out of the rest of South Africa series.
In his 15 Tests career, the 29-year-old left-hander scored two centuries and six fifties.
This is the second time England faced severe injuries owing to engage in football drills. Jonny Bairstow was injured and missed several matches during a tour of Sri Lanka back in October 2018.
However, Burns’ absence en route chances for Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley. Meanwhile Keaton Jennings was recalled for Sri Lanka series starting from March 19.
Jennings averages 25.19 from 17 Tests since making a century on his debut in India in 2016.
Bad news for England ahead of the second Test of their series in South Africa.
Opening batsman Rory Burns has been ruled out of the rest of the tour with an injury to his left ankle. pic.twitter.com/Jm4ecK5rGt
— ICC (@ICC) January 2, 2020