Former Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne has slammed the overrated warm-ups of the current generation of players. England is already struck with a lot of illness woes and Rory Burns’ injury added fuel to the fire. Burns who had scored a fine fifty in the second innings of the first Test match at Centurion was ruled out from the remainder of the South Africa tour due to ankle injury.
However, it was ‘how’ Burns injured his leg that frustrated Warne. The southpaw batsman injured his left leg while playing a football match before practicing on Thursday. Later, scans revealed he sustained ligament damage to his left ankle. Meanwhile, former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar is also not a big fan of warming up by playing soccer.
Big blow for England.
Warne called such warm-ups absolute garbage as England have lost a crucial player for the rest of the series.
“Warm-ups have been overrated for a long, long period of time,” Warne told Fox Cricket. “Everyone goes out onto the ground, they warm up and they run around and do these silly little ladders and all that absolute rubbish that’s not going to help you for the day.
“And you go inside and you sit down for half an hour and work out what you’re going to do. Warm-ups, overrated.
“Get to the ground later, have a bigger sleep in, get to the swimming pool, get out and play. You don’t need all that absolute garbage at warm-ups,” he added.
The left-hander had done a great job for England in 2019 but 2020 hasn’t begun at the right note for him. ECB confirmed that Burns will return back home for further treatment.
“England opening batsman Rory Burns has sustained ligament damage to his left ankle,” the ECB statement read. “He has been ruled out of the remainder of the South Africa Test series and will return home for further assessment and treatment at the earliest convenience.”