England opener Rory Burns faces surgery on ankle ligament injury

Rory Burns faces surgery on ankle ligament injury sustained in football match and England opener is set to miss Sri Lanka tour in March

  • England opener Rory Burns damaged ankle before second Test in South Africa
  • The batsman sustained injury in pre-training football match and faces operation 
  • Should he have the surgery then Burns will miss tour to Sri Lanka in March 

Rory Burns is likely to require surgery after sustaining ligament damage playing football on the day before this Test, an operation which would rule him out of England’s tour to Sri Lanka in March.

Surrey opener Burns will see a specialist later this week after flying home last Friday, but England’s medical team fear that surgery will be required after he landed awkwardly during a football match under pressure from Joe Root.

The 29-year-old has averaged 44.5 since the start of last summer’s Ashes, during which time he has scored two hundreds.

England opener Rory Burns may require surgery after damaging his ankle ligaments

The batsman was injured in a football match and may be ruled out of action until March

Being without him for the two Tests in Sri Lanka would be a major setback for England who are still struggling to put together a settled opening partnership.

Burns’ absence would increase the prospects of another recall for Keaton Jennings, who has been dropped from the squad twice but has an excellent record in Asia.

It is there where he averages 44.4 in five Tests and has scored two centuries, including 146 not out in Sri Lanka in November 2018.

Keaton Jennings may be set for a recall to play Sri Lanka in March following Burns’ injury

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