Joe Root’s England are 1-0 down in the Test series and will hope to make a strong statement in the second Test match.
England have decided not to have football warm-up in the training session after Rory Burns’ injury in the practice. The ankle injury forced the left-hander Burns out of the remainder of South Africa Test match series.
The 29-year-old was the top scorer for England in the first game of a four-match series in Proteas. He suffered serious ligament damage to his ankle after landing awkwardly while playing the football in training just a day before the second Test against South Africa.
The former England spinner and the Director of England’s men’s cricket teams Ashley Giles has never liked his side playing football game during practice. After Burns, who sustained a football-related injury, Giles and the England coach Chris Silverwood have decided to do away with football activity.
Previously, their wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow had also experienced an ankle injury during a football drill back In October 2018.