England’s opening batsman Rory Burns was ruled out of the rest of the ongoing South Africa tour due to ankle injury, confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday (January 7).
Burns injured his ankle on Thursday while playing football during warmups for training ahead of the second Test against South Africa and was later ruled out of the ongoing Cape Town Test match.
The board further confirmed that the opener has undergone successful surgery on ruptured ligaments in his left ankle and it will take up to four months' time to make him available for the cricketing actions, resulting in he will miss the two-match Test tour of Sri Lanka in March.
The ECB said in a statement: “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.”
Noteworthy, Burns’ injury paved way for Zak Crawley to open in the Cape Town Test, while his absence might offer an opportunity to Keaton Jennings for Sri Lanka Tests given his past record in Asia.
(With Reuters Inputs)