Burns to play against MCC

12 March 2019 05:58:09 EST

Rory Burns is amongst a trio of England players available for Surrey's champion county match against MCC in Dubai.

Surrey's club captain will lead out the 2018 champions against a MCC XI captained by his Test colleague Stuart Broad from 24th until 27th March.

Tom Curran and Ben Foakes will also be available, although Tom's younger brother Sam will be on Indian Premier League duty while Liam Plunkett (foot) and Jason Roy (hamstring) are set to miss out.

The ECB have confirmed both will come into contention for County Championship action once they are declared fit.

Plunkett, who arrived at the Kia Oval from Yorkshire over the winter, is expected to be fit to feature against Durham MCCU in a home fixture on 4th April. Roy will be available for all domestic cricket until 25th April once he has overcome his left hamstring injury.

That is the date that England want their World Cup players to stop playing ahead of a pre-tournament gathering.

Meanwhile, Warwickshire are hoping that their international seamers Chris Woakes (right knee) and Olly Stone (lower back) will be fit to play in the Division One opener against a Kent side they pipped to the Division Two title last summer at Edgbaston on 11th April.

Warwickshire are 25/1 to win the County Championship Division 1 title in 2019 while Essex can be backed at 6/1.

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