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Former South Africa pace bowler Morne Morkel has called on England to pick Surrey captain Rory Burns for their upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka in November.
Morkel plays alongside Burns for Surrey and has had a firsthand view in watching the 28-year-old go about his business with the bat and lead his side to their first County Championship title in 16 years.
Burns is currently the leading run-scorer in the County Championship with an impressive 1,241 runs in 12 matches, which includes four centuries and six fifties, at an average of 68.94.
With England potentially needing two new openers – one to replace Alastair Cook, who retired from international cricket after the fifth Test against India at The Oval, and one to take Keaton Jennings’ spot if they opt not to retain him – Morkel feels that Burns should definitely be drafted into the Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour.
“Rory has been knocking on the door for a few seasons, scoring 1,000 runs per season,” Morkel was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “I have kept a close eye on Rory, and he’s always there at 8am working on his game. He should be going to Sri Lanka. It will be tough but you need to start somewhere and he has the credentials.
“He plays the ball late, when he scores hundreds they are big hundreds and he leads from the front, which is what you want in Test cricket.”
England’s Test series against Sri Lanka begins on November 6 in Galle.