The left-handed Burns’ lack of game time recently, coupled with the fact that he is on his first Test tour to India, makes the upcoming India-England series quite a challenging proposition for the 30-year-old. Against an Indian team soaring high on confidence, Burns and the other England batsmen will look to learn from an in-form Joe Root – who is set to play his 100th Test in Chennai – and try to follow in their captain’s footsteps.
“Root obviously leads from the front. You have just seen it in the Sri Lanka series. It was pretty incredible to see him go about his business with the bat. As soon as you see guys play at a high level, it helps with your own game. We are very fortunate that we have Joe in the team. You can’t help but learn from him,” Burns said during an online media interaction from his hotel room in Chennai on Thursday.
Root was head and shoulders above his teammates during England’s 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka, scoring a scintillating 228 and 186 in the two Tests in Galle. He handled the Sri Lankan spinners with relative comfort on pitches that were turning square. Root employed his repertoire of sweeps and reverse sweeps effectively and was seldom caught in two minds while looking to neutralise the prodigious turn on offer.
“He is an easy bloke to follow,” was Burns’ assessment of Root’s leadership style.
Burns enrols in psychology course to deal with bio-bubble
In order to deal with the challenge of prolonged periods under a bio bubble in the times of Covid, Rory Burns informed that he has undertaken a short online course in psychology to help him switch off from the game.
“When you are living in the bubble, it is important to be proactively doing things outside of the game. I have started a short psychology course, which is probably going to take up a bit of my time and help me switch off. It has always been an interest of mine. The degree could potentially help me when I am done playing the game,” Burns said.