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Last Update on: January 7th, 2020 at 04:23 pm

In the latest development, England Cricket Board has confirmed that opener Rory Burns will miss England’s two-match Test tour of Sri Lanka after undergoing surgery on the broken ankle ligaments which he sustained when playing football last week.

Burns picked up a serious injury while playing football with his England colleagues in Cape Town ahead of the second Test against Proteas at Newlands Stadium. Burns who underwent surgery in London on Monday is set to be out of cricketing action for four months.

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This means that he would miss the final three Tests against South Africa and will take no part in England’s tour of Sri Lanka (Galle and Colombo) in March. The opener would fly home for further assessment. However, he hopes to return to the field for Surrey in the opening weeks of the Championship season in April.

Get well soon, Rory Burns, tweets ECB

The England Cricket Board (ECB) took to official Twitter handle to wish injured Rory Burns a speedy recovery. “? @roryburns17 has undergone surgery on ruptured ankle ligaments. Get well soon, Rory!,” ECB tweeted.

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Rory Burns. Credit: Getty Images

Following Burns’ injury, England team management has now banned the playing of football as part of the squad’s warm-up routine. Burns has played 15 Tests for England national cricket team ever since making his debut against Sri Lanka in November 2018. The 29-year-old averages 33.75 in his Test career. He has scored two hundreds and six half-centuries to his name.

Having said that Burns has been sidelined for four months due to ankle injury, England Cricket Board has named Zak Crawley as Burns’ replacement in Cape Town. It was a match that never really got going for Crawley as he made just 4 and 25 in the first and second innings respectively.

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