England opening batsman Rory Burns has been ruled out for four months with the ankle injury. Burns was ruled out of the ongoing second Test match against South Africa when he suffered an ankle injury while playing football in the practice session just a day before the second Test. The southpaw batsman has undergone surgery on ruptured ligaments in his left ankle.
Kent’s young opener Zak Crawley replaced Rory Burns in the side. It was a big blow for the visitors as Burns had scored a fine knock of 84 runs in the first Test match at Centurion, which England lost by 107 runs.
Big blow for England.
Meanwhile, Rory Burns was the pick of the England batsman in 2019. The left-hander was the second-highest run-getter for the English side as he scored 824 runs in the 12 Test matches at an average of 35.82. The southpaw also scored two centuries and five fifties in the year.
Following, Rory Burns’ injury, England cricket banned football from the practice sessions. Burns will now undergo rehabilitation and he will hope to recuperate in time for the start of County season in April for his team Surrey. Thus, it is a big blow for the England team.
On the other hand, Burns’s opening partner Dominic Sibley was able to grab his chance as he scored his maiden Test century. The right-hander scored an unbeaten knock of 133 runs in the second innings to help his team post an imposing target of 438 runs.
South Africa had won the first Test match by 107 runs and lead the four-match series. England is six wickets away from leveling the series but Proteas opening batsman Pieter Malan is showing the resistance as he is batting on 78 runs from 248 balls. South Africa is currently 164-4 and would need to bat at the top of their game to save this Test match.