England opening batsman Rory Burns will not be available for the Sri Lanka series in March after undergoing surgery for ruptured ligaments in his left ankle. The compact left-handed batter endured a painful injury ahead of England’s second Test against South Africa.
He sustained the injury while playing football during the warm-up session and instantly dropped to the ground writhing in pain as the medical staff rushed to his assistance. Following this incident, the England management has abandoned the practice of playing football as part of the players’ training.
Burns has risen through the ranks to emerge as England’s premier batsman in the format ever since he made his debut on the international arena. He is expected to recover in time for the start of the next season County Championship while Keaton Jennings has been touted as his possible replacement in the England national side.