By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, Jan.28 (Reuters) – England opener Rory Burns finds Jasprit Bumrah a difficult player to prepare, but insists tourists are sure to face the spearhead of the India in the series of four tests starting February 5.
Bumrah confused the best of drummers with his unorthodox slingshot arm action and ability to create angles to follow his natural rhythm.
“He’s a pretty difficult man to prepare, isn’t he?” Burns said on a video conference from Chennai that hosted the first two tests next month.
“He’s obviously unique in terms of the way he comes and bowls.
“We’re just going to work these angles … seam and swing and that sort of thing and try to replicate that as best we can.”
England have just come off their 2-0 series victory in Sri Lanka but face opposition that is on top after their epic 2-1 victory in Australia earlier this month.
India was without regular skipper Virat Kohli in the last three tests in Australia and has lost several front row players to injuries and still had one of the biggest wins in the Down Under series. grabbed quite a bit of this India-Australia series and they’re in pretty handy form, ”Burns said.
“It wasn’t necessarily their first XI … and they still managed to cross the line in Australia which is a testament to their side.”
“So yeah, it’s going to be a big challenge – India on its own terms …”
Burns is set to reclaim the opener’s spot after skipping the Sri Lanka tour to attend the birth of his child, and he has declared himself “hungry to start”.
English skipper Joe Root will approach his 100th try after scoring a double hundred cent in his last two matches in Sri Lanka.
Burns had no doubts the 30-year-old would set the benchmark for the team once again.
“He’s obviously leading forward, you just saw him in the recent round of testing,” Burns said.
“He’s a leader for example, in terms of how he leads the team and how he wants people to act at batting.”