Rory Burns To Miss England’s Tour Of Sri Lanka After Undergoing Ankle Surgery

Rory Burns To Miss England’s Tour Of Sri Lanka After Undergoing Ankle Surgery

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Rory Burns will miss the Test tour of Sri Lanka in March after undergoing surgery on his left ankle, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The batsman was hurt while playing football on the eve of the Cape Town Test against South Africa last week and was diagnosed with ruptured ligaments after flying home.

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He had an operation on Monday night and is expected to miss the next four months, ruling him out of the two-match series against Sri Lanka.

An ECB statement read: “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.

a man with a football ball: Rory Burns was injured playing football with his England teammates.

 © Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images Rory Burns was injured playing football with his England teammates.

“He will miss England’s Test tour of Sri Lanka in March and is aiming to return to play with Surrey in the County Championship at the beginning of the 2020 season in April.”

Burns had landed awkwardly on his left ankle in the follow-through from a shot that saw him score despite the close attention of Joe Root. However, not even VAR could apportion any blame to England’s captain during the incident that saw Burns roll his ankle before being treated by the team doctor, Anita Biswas, and helped from the field.

The immediate fallout from Burns’s injury will see England ban the squad from playing football. Ashley Giles, the England director of cricket who arrives in Port Elizabeth next week before the third Test, called for football to be banned when he took on the role a year ago. Giles said it put players at undue risk of injury but, after talks with Root, did not ban the matches because of their popularity with the squad. That was despite Jonny Bairstow missing several weeks of last winter’s tour of Sri Lanka after also injuring an ankle playing football before the fourth ODI in Pallekele. Now it seems practicality has been prioritised over popularity.

England are into the fifth day of the Test match at Newlands as South Africa start the day needing 312 runs for victory with eight wickets remaining.

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