English opener Rory Burns vows to “do my thing” after celebrating the Test recall by battling New Zealand
- Burns caused a new ups and downs on Saturday in his decidedly changeable year
- He spent two periods off the team in 2021 and was involved in Twitter spitting
- The left-handed opener saved England with an outstanding century on the first test
Rory Burns celebrated his England recall with a third Test Hundred to bring a new boost to his decidedly changeable year.
Burns spent two phases outside the team in 2021, initially skipping the tour of Sri Lanka to be at the birth of his daughter Cora in January, and was later dropped in the middle of the 3-1 defeat in India.
He tainted it further with an unenjoyable Twitter spit with English woman player Alex Hartley after a two-day defeat in Chennai.
Rory Burns helped England stave off a meltdown with a hundred at Lord’s on the fourth day
The left-handed opening prevented New Zealand from taking a more dominant position in the first test match of the international summer.
When asked about this mixed fate, he said, “My wife and Cora were here today and it was special – not that she would remember, but I will, so it’s a nice thing.
“Getting deposed isn’t a nice thing, but being able to seize the next opportunity that is given is it. When it comes to ups and downs, I try to be pretty consistent.
“I went back to Surrey and put together a few scores and a form. I tried to be consistent and do my thing. ‘
Burns frustrated New Zealand with his idiosyncratic way of doing the fold and his mix of moving parts, which turned out to be good for 132 – after surviving an easy chance at 77 and a rule slide from Neil Wagner to 88.
“Basically, it’s a technique that has evolved over the years that allows me to execute my schedule and get my runs where I want.
Burns prevented New Zealand from taking a more dominant position in the first friendly
“There has been a bit of talk over the years about left eye dominance, and that’s why I try to get my head right. It’s probably more of a rhythm thing than trying to put my left eye on it, ”added Burns.
It was a day, however, when England was grateful for substance rather than style. Without him, the gap in the first innings would have been much greater than 103.
When debutant Ollie Robinson ran to goal Joe Roots team was 140 for six, but a score of 63 for the seventh wicket stabilized things before another half-century alliance for the final wicket with James Anderson put him in the triple digits and beyond.
New Zealander Tim Southee said of Burns: “We know he’s a quality player. He has unusual technique, of course, but the way he could get off the ball and wait for us to get a little lost made it a great inning. ‘
Southee followed a 10-wicket match-haul in the related Test here eight years ago with six for 43 in England’s innings.