Full name Rory Joseph Burns
Born August 26, 1990, Epsom, Surrey
Current age 28 years 84 days
Major teams England, Cardiff MCCU, England Lions, Hampshire 2nd XI, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI, Surrey Under-19s
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education City of London Freemen's School
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v England at Galle, Nov 6-9, 2018 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v England at Pallekele, Nov 14-18, 2018 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Cambridge MCCU v Surrey at Cambridge, May 11-13, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka v England at Pallekele, Nov 14-18, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Nottinghamshire at Guildford, Jul 15, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Surrey v Glamorgan at The Oval, Jun 6, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford, Jun 22, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Glamorgan v Surrey at Cardiff, Aug 17, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|43, 59||England||v Sri Lanka||Pallekele||14 Nov 2018||Test # 2326|
|9, 23||England||v Sri Lanka||Galle||6 Nov 2018||Test # 2324|
|19||England||v SL Board XI||Colombo (CCC)||1 Nov 2018||Other|
|47||England||v SL Board XI||Colombo (NCC)||30 Oct 2018||Other|
|19, 21||Surrey||v Essex||The Oval||24 Sep 2018||FC|
|78||Surrey||v Somerset||Taunton||18 Sep 2018||FC|
|122, 66||Surrey||v Worcs||Worcester||10 Sep 2018||FC|
|90, 2*||Surrey||v Essex||Chelmsford||4 Sep 2018||FC|
|10||Surrey||v Notts||The Oval||29 Aug 2018||FC|
|6, 70||Surrey||v Lancashire||The Oval||19 Aug 2018||FC|
Rory Burns, a prolific opening batsman who routinely puts substance above style, finally forced England into recognising his record when he won selection for England's Test tour of Sri Lanka in 2018. Alastair Cook's retirement had left a gaping hole at the top of England's order and Burns, at 28, had undoubtedly earned the right to press his claims to replace him. Many had tried and failed.
Burns was also a self-effacing captain of Surrey (not a common occurrence) which made his 2018 summer a double triumph. His 1,359 runs at 64.71 were a central component of Surrey's first Championship for 16 years - a veritable stroll for an exciting young side. He admitted to a peculiar batting style: a left-hander with a dominant left eye, he adopted an open stance to bring his dominant eye into play. The frustration of Surrey supporters when he was not given a Test debut in the final Test of the summer against India - the series had already been won - gave way to delight when he finally won a chance to prove his worth, albeit in unfamiliar surroundings.
Burns is a batsman of impressive consistency and unusual self-denial. He has a compact game, centred on his dexterity off his legs and his driving through the covers, and the patience to leave the ball copiously. He has been a model of consistency for Surrey, passing 1,000 first-class runs for five successive seasons between 2014-18. The respect he engenders within the camp was also shown with the award of the captaincy in 2018.
Burns' 2017 summer was particularly statistically weighty. The Oval played flat and true and, by the end of the Championship season, Surrey had the three biggest run-makers in the country: Kumar Sangakkara, who was feted around the country as he averaged more than 100 in his farewell season to first-class cricket, Mark Stoneman, who won England recognition, and Burns himself, whose average was a touch below 50 and who stirred little interest outside south London. The only time he passed 100 he turned into a mammoth 219 not out, a career-best stretching over nearly 10 hours, in a batting stalemate against Hampshire at The Oval.
The turbulence at Surrey in 2012 gave Burns his chance in the Championship side just before his 22nd birthday, and he immediately responded with a century marked by unobtrusive accumulation in a nerve-shredding eight-run victory over Middlesex that helped Surrey to escape relegation. There have been plenty of examples of Burns' class since, although he has gone through more form-slumps than he would have liked.
His orthodoxy has limited his chances in one-day and T20 cricket, although Burns has developed the ability to paddle the ball over fine leg and is working on adding more power to the game. He is also a very assured wicketkeeper, though Surrey have deemed that it is not viable for him to open and keep wicket simultaneously in the long-term.
Burns was involved in a frightening collision in the field with his Surrey team-mate Moises Henriques as they both converged on a skier in a NatWest T20 Blast tie at Arundel in 2015. Both players were taken to hospital, Henriques breaking his jaw in three places and Burns requiring stitches after cuts near his left eye. His 158 against Essex at the Colchester Festival showed he had suffered no long-term effects from an incident that he said he could remember nothing about.
Burns made 158 and 71 against Essex. Thereafter, across all formats, he made runs all the way - 76, 95, 24, 42, 92, 23, 50, 56, 30 - until a duck on the final day with the Division Two title already in the bag: proof, if it was needed, that his horrific injury had brought no lasting effects.