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England’s Rory Burns may pull out of the upcoming Sri Lankan Tour

December 5, 2020

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Rory Burns, England opener may withdraw from the Sri Lankan Test Series slated for January. The English squad is currently in South Africa for the limited-over series, of which Burns is not a member.

Although the ECB still hasn’t confirmed the dates of the games in Sri Lanka, the series is scheduled to begin in the middle of January. In the light of the COVID-19 quarantine protocols, the England team will depart for Sri Lanka at the beginning of the month, which is supposed to be 2 January. As the opener is expecting his first child during that time, he might opt not to visit the island country.

Rory Burns needs more information about the tour

Sources reveal that Rory Burns is not rushing into making any decisions, as the board has not confirmed the itinerary yet. The left-hander is waiting for the England and Wales Cricket Board to confirm the dates of the tour. The board will declare the dates this week; and only then he will decide whether to miss the whole tour or see if there is a chance to play the series partially.

The 30-year-old wants to be at his wife’s side during the birth of his first child. However, before announcing his decision, he would need more information about the Sri Lanka tour.

After cricket resumed in the period of the pandemic, Burns participated in all six home test matches, against West Indies and Pakistan. In nine innings, the southpaw scored 254 runs. Though the Surrey-born batsman is the first-choice opener for the English team, he will face stiff competition from others. Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley, and Keaton Jennings are the other England team openers, who will give Rory competition after the team returns to full power.

If Burns chooses to miss the two-game series in Sri Lanka, he will have the full support of his squad and the ECB.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh