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"It's going to be a stiff test" - Burns warns against underestimating West Indies
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"It's going to be a stiff test" - Burns warns against underestimating West Indies

England opening batsman Rory Burns is wary of the challenge posed by the West Indies come next month's three-match Test series.

The eagerly anticipated Test encounters, subject to clearance from the UK government, will mark the return of international cricket following an enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Burns, who has impressed with sturdy knocks across his nascent career, talked about the dangers of underestimating the talented Caribbean side.

He cited the 2-1 result in the favour of the tourists the last time these two sides met in a Test series.

"The last time we played them they won, they're certainly no slouches," Burns told Sky Sports' Cricket Show.

"Their bowling attack caused us a lot of problems -- they're very skilful and have got some pace," added Burns, who averaged a modest 24.16 in that ill-fated series.

"There's a lot of good cricketers there and think it's going to be a stiff test no matter what."

The West Indies will arrive in England via private charters on Tuesday with 14 first-choice players and 11 cricketers serving as reserves. Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul were the three players to have turned down a place in the squad over health safety concerns.

In spite of the doubts regarding the viability of maintaining "bio-secure" bubbles for players, Burns felt reassured by the efforts of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

"People's minds can run away with themselves," Burns said.

"What might it look like? What risk factors are there? But it's been very clear in the messaging we've had, in terms of putting minds at ease.

"It's been mitigated by the explanations we've had, which has been really positive."

Burns also noted the freak nature of his untimely injury during the South Africa tour earlier this year when he suffered an ankle ligament issue while playing football as part of a warm-up routine. He immediately returned home for surgery and has since recovered from the fitness woe.

The first Test against West Indies will take place on July 8 at Ageas Bowl before the action shifts to Old Trafford for the remaining two games.