England opener Rory Burns vows to keep ‘doing my thing’ after celebrating Test recall with fighting century against New Zealand
- Burns set another high in his decidedly up and down year on Saturday
- He was sidelined for two spells in 2021 and was involved in Twitter spat
- The left-handed opener saved England with a stellar century in the first Test
Rory Burns celebrated his recall in England with a third Test hundred to provide another high in his decidedly up-and-down year.
Burns was sidelined for two periods in 2021. First, he skipped the Sri Lanka tour to attend the birth of his daughter Cora in January and was later knocked out midway through the 3-1 defeat in India.
He tarnished that further with an unenlightening Twitter spat with England player Alex Hartley in the wake of a two-day defeat in Chennai.
Rory Burns Helped England Avoid Meltdown With Hundred At Lord’s On Day Four
The left-handed opener prevented New Zealand from taking a more dominant position in the first Test match of the international summer.
Asked about those mixed fortunes, he said, “My wife and Cora were here today and it was pretty special — not that she’ll remember, but I do, so it’s fun.”
‘Getting dropped is no fun, but being able to grab the next opportunity you get. In terms of highs and lows, I try to stay fairly constant.
‘I went back to Surrey and put together some scores and a form. I tried to stay consistent and do my thing.”
Burns frustrated New Zealand with his quirky demeanor at the crease and his amalgam of moving parts that turned out to be good for 132 – after surviving an uncomplicated punch chance at 77 and a line slip from Neil Wagner at 88.
“It’s basically a technique that has evolved over the years that allows me to execute my game plan and score my runs wherever I want.
Burns prevented New Zealand from taking a more dominant position in the first test match first
“There’s been some talk about left eye dominance over the years, so I’m trying to get my head around it. It’s probably more of a rhythm thing than trying to get my left eye on it,” Burns added.
However, it was a day when England was grateful for substance over style. Without him, the deficit in the first inning would have been much bigger than 103.
When debutant Ollie Robinson walked to the crease, Joe Root’s team was 140 for six, but a score of 63 for the seventh wicket stabilized things before a new half-century last wicket alliance with James Anderson took him down to three figures. and carried on.
New Zealander Tim Southee said of Burns: “We know he is a quality player. He has an unusual technique of course, but the way he was able to leave the ball and wait for us to stray a little bit made it a great innings.’
Southee followed a 10-wicket match here in the corresponding Test eight years ago with six for 43 in England’s innings.