Full name Rory Joseph Burns
Born August 26, 1990, Epsom, Surrey
Current age 26 years 246 days
Major teams Cardiff MCCU, Hampshire 2nd XI, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI, Surrey Under-19s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education City of London Freemen's School
|First-class debut||Cambridge MCCU v Surrey at Cambridge, May 11-13, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Surrey at Birmingham, Apr 21-24, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Surrey v Nottinghamshire at Guildford, Jul 15, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Somerset v Surrey at Taunton, Apr 28, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford, Jun 22, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Kent at The Oval, Jul 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|15||Surrey||v Somerset||Taunton||28 Apr 2017||LA|
|6||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||21 Apr 2017||FC|
|91, 20||Surrey||v Lancashire||The Oval||14 Apr 2017||FC|
|71||Surrey||v Warwickshire||The Oval||7 Apr 2017||FC|
|37, 28||Surrey||v Oxford MCCU||Oxford||28 Mar 2017||FC|
|40||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Lord's||17 Sep 2016||LA|
|15, 9||Surrey||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|101, 18||Surrey||v Hampshire||The Oval||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|12||Surrey||v Yorkshire||Leeds||28 Aug 2016||LA|
|88, 28*||Surrey||v Lancashire||The Oval||23 Aug 2016||FC|
Rory 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 three successive seasons between 2014-16. The respect he engenders within the camp has also been shown by the award of the vice captaincy.
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 Championship already in the bag: proof, if it was needed, that his horrific injury had brought no lasting effects.
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