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England abandon football warm-ups following Burns' injury
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England abandon football warm-ups following Burns' injury

England have decided to do away with football as part of the players' warm-up routine after an ankle injury sustained by Rory Burns in a training mishap.

Burns suffered significant ligament damage to his ankle following an awkward football tackle on the eve of the second Test against South Africa.

He was thus ruled out of the four-match series, compounding woes in the England camp already plagued by illnesses to several members of the team.

Burns' football accident has caused England director of cricket Ashley Giles to take the drastic measure of banning the sport in practice sessions.

Giles' tenure as the Warwickshire director of cricket had previously seen him prohibit players from playing football at the county.

The former off-spinner had spoken against this practice in the wake of Jonny Bairstow's untimely injury in a football-related incident before a match against Sri Lanka in October 2018.

The exercise, viewed by senior England players as pivotal to team bonding, is often done by cricketing sides around the world, though the frequency of injury concerns has cast doubts over the viability of it being continued.

Burns was replaced by Zak Crawley at the top of the order in the second Test but the latter failed to match the left-handed opener's dogged determination and departed for just four from 15 deliveries.