Rory Burns hopes to stake his England re-election claim with runs for Surrey before facing World Champion No. 2 in New Zealand … after two ducks saw the opener drop in four innings on the tour of India
- English opener Rory Burns scored 58 runs in the two Chennai Tests in February
- He was excluded from the previous series against Sri Lanka due to paternity leave
- Surrey has seven provincial championship games for the series in New Zealand
- Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley opened in the last two games in his absence
Rory Burns plans to file an irrefutable case with England’s selectors following his departure from the Test side in India.
The 58 runs he managed in the two Chennai tests in February proved the sum of his winter work after paternity leave excluded him from the series in Sri Lanka.
And with Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley opening in the last two games in India, Burns has his sights set on a hatful of runs in seven county championship games for Surrey before the first test against New Zealand at Lord’s starts on June 2. – next week against Gloucestershire at Bristol.
Rory Burns plans to present an irrefutable case to the English selectors before the summer
Burns was dropped after scoring just 58 runs in two test games in Chennai against India
“As those Tests went, you could have left out all hitters at several points,” he said. ‘The circumstances were charged in India’s favor, which is their privilege. But it wasn’t conducive to hitter opening, in terms of the way we see it in this country.
‘It was a tough tour. Nobody thought it was really easy. The only thing I want to do as a player and as a person is to keep improving. I had an honest conversation with Joe Root and Chris Silverwood and received feedback in certain areas.
“I have seven games, and a few things that I personally want to work on, but there is also a great opportunity for me to go out and score some points for Surrey.”
Having handpicked him on 23 tests going back to November 2018, and with an experienced side to Australia this winter in mind, England sees Burns as a long-term perspective. And his chances of a recall weren’t hurt by the Asian battle of Sibley and Crawley, who managed just three half centuries between them in 20 innings in Sri Lanka and India.
Dom Sibley (right) and Zak Crawley (left) opened for England in the last two games in India
Burns has seven games with Surrey for the first English Test against New Zealand at Lord’s
Another possible factor is the final of the IPL on May 30th. If Rajasthan Royals qualify, that could take the likes of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler out of the first Test in New Zealand, making Burns’ re-selection even easier.
“I think there’s a little bit of credit in the bank for what I’ve done over time,” he said. “But to be honest, it’s more about what happens between my ears.”
One issue he considers old news is his February Twitter feud with former England women’s international Alex Hartley, who jokingly thanked the men’s team for avoiding their 10-wicket defeat to India in Ahmedabad in two days. so that attention could switch to the women’s side in New Zealand.
Both she and Burns, who tweeted that her comment was’ very disappointing ‘, were addressed by the ECB, and Burns said on Thursday,’ It’s all been taken care of and stitched up, so that’s it. Everyone knows the pros and cons of social media and I don’t want to go into that further. ‘
Burns considers his Twitter feud with ex-English women’s international Alex Hartley as old news
Meanwhile, Surrey and his teammate Ollie Pope believe that his left shoulder will no longer cause him problems after undergoing two surgeries for a dislocation.
“ I dived around India without really thinking about it, so hopefully it shouldn’t jump out of position again and hopefully there won’t be any more surgeries, ” he said.
Pope remains in the running for the New Zealand Test series, despite averaging just 19 in India.
He added: ‘The winter was pretty tough, as it was for many of us hitters out there, but I learned a lot of good lessons – not just playing in India, but playing on day four and day. five wickets. ‘
Ollie Pope remains in the running for the series in New Zealand, despite averaging just 19 in India