Rory Burns wary of Windies' firepower

back icon
safari
05 Jun 2020 | 06:53 AM
authorAFP

Rory Burns wary of Windies' firepower

The 29-year-old left-hander knows better than most not to underestimate the West Indies, having been a Test fledgling when England lost 2-1 in the Caribbean in 2018

heart

Share

England batsman Rory Burns believes the West Indies will give the hosts a "stiff test" come next month's eagerly anticipated series.

The three matches, still subject to final clearance from the British government, are set to mark the return of Test match cricket as the sport emerges from months of lockdown caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. 

Surrey opener Burns will be looking to regain his place at the top of the order after being sidelined since January with ankle ligament damage suffered during a warm-up game of football in Cape Town.

The 29-year-old left-hander knows better than most not to underestimate the West Indies, having been a Test fledgling when England lost 2-1 in the Caribbean in 2018.

"The last time we played them they won, they're certainly no slouches," Burns told Sky's Cricket Show.

"Their bowling attack caused us a lot of problems -- they're very skilful and have got some pace," added Burns, who averaged a modest 24.16 as the West Indies regained the Wisden Trophy.

"There's a lot of good cricketers there and think it's going to be a stiff test no matter what."

The West Indies are due to arrive in England via a charter flight on Tuesday, with a 25-man squad comprising 14 frontline players and 11 designated reserves.

Of those originally selected, only batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer, together with fast-bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul, have decided not to travel because of COVID-19.

'Minds at ease'

But Burns said he and his team-mates had been reassured by the England and Wales Cricket Board's plan to create a 'bio-secure' bubble at both the Ageas Bowl, which stages the series opener from July 8, and Emirates Old Trafford, the venue for the second and third Tests. 

"People's minds can run away with themselves," Burns said. 

"What might it look like? What risk factors are there? But it's been very clear in the messaging we've had, in terms of putting minds at ease.

"It's been mitigated by the explanations we've had, which has been really positive."

ECB special projects director Steve Elworthy revealed both sides would spend more than a week together at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton as they completed their preparations for the first Test.

"England are looking to move in to the Ageas in and around the back end of June in preparing towards the Test match," he said.

"When the West Indies come out of isolation at Old Trafford (where the tourists will spend their initial 14-day quarantine) they will be brought inside the Ageas for some time too.

"It's an incredible facility, with a full size training ground next to the main ground. We wanted them to be able to train, practice and prepare for the Test so having two full grounds available was key."

Lancashire, having made their Old Trafford base available for international duty, are planning to use Aigburth in Liverpool as a main home ground should a county season delayed until August at the earliest get going.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
EnglandWest IndiesRory Joseph BurnsWest Indies tour of England, 2020

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
England releases five players from bio-secure bubble
Out of the five, batsman Joe Denly will join the white-ball training group ahead of the upcoming Ireland series
userPTI
25 Jul 2020
safari
ENG-WI MATCH REPORT
Pope, Buttler push West Indies on the back foot
The two have added 136 runs so far, propelling England to 258 for 4 at the end of Day 1
userHardik Worah
24 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
England confirm Pakistan tour dates
The first match of the Pakistan series will also take place at Old Trafford, with the second two at the Ageas Bowl. The second Test starts on August 13, with the third beginning on August 21
userAFP
06 Jul 2020
safari
NEWS
Trio's decision to not travel to England must be respected, feel Bishop, Holding
Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul have opted out of the tour due to growing COVID-19 concerns
userPTI
06 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Root a doubtful starter for 1st Test against West Indies
According to ECB guidelines, the England captain will need to self-isolate for a week before rejoining the team after he attended the birth of his second child
userPTI
06 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Jermaine Blackwood recalled for England tour
There are 11 players announced as reserve players for the tour - among those are Shannon Gabriel and Oshane Thomas
userWindies Cricket Press Release
03 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
England confirm venues for West Indies series
The first Test will take place at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl ground from July 8-12, with the second and third Tests at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 16-20 and July 24-28 respectively
userAFP
02 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Rory Burns ruled out of Sri Lanka tour
The opener has undergone successful surgery on ruptured ligaments in his left ankle
userAFP
07 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Ligament damage ends Burns' tour
The England opener suffered the injury while warming up with a game of football
userAFP
03 Jan 2020
safari
ANALYSIS
Burns's maiden Test century frustrates Australia
Ashes debutant Burns was 125 not out with the crowd chanting his name as he walked off
userAFP
02 Aug 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved