SL vs ENG 2018: Rory Burns ready for trial against SL spinners

Burns is likely to take the place of Cook in the England top order.

Rory Burns. (Getty)

After winning the Test series against India in a dominant fashion at home, England will now tour Sri Lanka for a Test series. They play a complete series involving 5 ODIs, 1 T20I and 3 Tests against a depleting Sri Lankan side. 

Meanwhile, Rory Burns who is a part of the England Test squad and is seen as a potential replacement for Alastair Cook is gearing up for a trial against the Sri Lankan spinners. He says he has worked hard behind getting his game right against the spinners and he is up for the challenge. 

"Ed Smith (the National Selector) rung me last week after the Somerset game, but it actually cut out halfway through," Burns told Sky Sports. "He started to tell me I'd got the nod, but it cut out so I had to run outside quickly and find some phone signal, and give him a call back."

"For me, personally, it's been a lot of hard work," he said. "I've tried to let my bat do the talking and churn out runs, and it's satisfying to get the nod in the end and get the opportunity.

"I've obviously got five seasons of backing in my own head. I've got some self-belief, so you've got to trust your method and trust the processes that you go through."

If included in the playing XI for the first Test on November 6, Burns will have to fill the opening spot that has been left vacant by recently retired Alastair Cook.

"I think it's exciting," said Burns. "You probably can't say enough about Alastair's career – well I can't, because I don't think I'm as good as him at the minute. But it'll be an exciting time and I hope I get an opportunity to do it."

Regarding his potential against spin, he further said  "I'm a decent player of spin, I've got a few options that I try to work my way through, but (Elgar's) just got back from Sri Lanka, and said he didn't face a ball of seam," said Burns. "So it'll be trial by spin and it'll be interesting to see how I'll go.

"I think it's about clarity in your method. You need to understand what you do well, what your options are at certain times. It's no different from going from seam to spin, there are different methods to both and you've got to cycle through them."

(Inputs from Cricketnext)


By Anshuman Roy - 25 Sep, 2018

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