Burns relishes England opportunity

04 October 2018 08:28:50 EST

Opening batsman Rory Burns is determined to make the most of his opportunity to become an England Test regular, following the recent retirement of Alastair Cook.

The 28-year-old has been given the nod for the upcoming series in Sri Lanka, having enjoyed an almost perfect summer as he led Surrey to the County Championship Division One title and racked up 1,359 runs in the competition.

There is an opportunity there and hopefully I can grab it with both hands.

Rory Burns

And Burns refuses to be overawed by the prospect of succeeding the leading runscorer in the history of Test cricket for England, telling the Metro: "I don't think anyone can really replace Cook. Over 12,000 Test runs and over a decade of service at the top of the order is a pretty hard void to fill.

"So I wouldn't say it's daunting, I see it as exciting. There is an opportunity there and hopefully I can grab it with both hands.

"I think it has come at a good time for me. I have a weight of runs behind me and the self-belief that breeds. I feel I am ready to take that next step and hopefully do myself justice."

England play three Tests in Sri Lanka next month, with the opening game of the series starting in Galle on Tuesday 6th November, before the teams move on to Kandy and Colombo.

When the Three Lions last toured the island six years ago, they lost the first test in Galle by 75 runs, before recovering to claim an eight-wicket victory in Colombo and draw the series.

Meanwhile, England are 2/5 to win the five-match ODI series which precedes the Test action, with hosts Sri Lanka priced at 2/1.

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