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Rory Burns ruled out of South Africa Tests following ankle injury
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Rory Burns ruled out of South Africa Tests following ankle injury

Opening batsman Rory Burns has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series after sustaining ligament damage to his left ankle.

The Surrey batsman had sustained an injury while playing football in the training session. He will return home for further treatment on his ankle.

The injury comes as a massive blow for England as Burns had strengthened his spot at the top of the order in a vulnerable batting line-up.

The ECB press release further added: “England will confirm their team to face South Africa in the second Test at the toss tomorrow morning at Newlands.”

On the other hand, Jofra Archer didn’t take part for the second consecutive day because of problems in his right elbow. He remains doubtful for the second Test as well.

If Archer doesn’t recover in time, that would mean England will play a specialist spinner, which makes Dominic Bess a strong contender.

Jack Leach is certainly out of contention as he had gone down with illness right from the start of the tour. His fitness issues don’t make him a certain pick over Dom Bess.

England captain Joe Root, in his pre-match presser, said that England will explore all options, including the fitness of Archer before confirming a final playing XI.

He added that the visitors would make a strong comeback after receiving a 107-run defeat in the first Test at Centurion.

"When our backs are up against the wall we have shown a huge amount of character. The most important thing we've got to harness is not to wait to be on the back foot but to do it from the outset."