England opening hitter Rory Burns on Thursday said India pacemaker Jasprit Bumrah is a hard bowler to plan against, looking at the angle at which he bowls. India and England will lock horns in four tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. The first two matches of the 4-game series will be played in Chennai, before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test. Bumrah is quite a tough guy to prepare, isn’t he? He’s clearly unique in terms of how he comes and comes. It would just be about working on those angles. I saw the recent series between India and Australia and they are in pretty handy form, not necessarily their first time playing XI on various points, but still, they managed to cross the line, it’s just going to be a big challenge in their own circumstances, which they are looking forward to, ” Burns said during a virtual press conference on Thursday.
Burns also said that the spin duo of Dom Bess and Jack Leach shouldn’t have any expectations of themselves to perform in the India series, they should just strive to perform to the best of their ability. The lead-off hitter also added that the throws in India may be a bit tempo-friendly, looking at the likes of Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj.
“I don’t think Dom Bess and Jack Leach would set any expectations for themselves. They would go their own way, they were lucky enough to bowl in Sri Lanka, which got them into their groove, it’s about changing their skills, I guess. they have both been on different tours here, they have any experience in that aspect, I don’t think they should set any expectations for themselves The pitches are maybe a little seam friendly at first when looking at India s seam attack, day night test is there too, so the pitch could be a little bit different, ”Burns said.
England’s touring contingent arrived in Chennai on Wednesday and all members are under quarantine. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns arrived earlier as the trio did not play the Test series against Sri Lanka.
“It is of course a challenge, there is not much we can do about the planning, if you waste time thinking it is of no use. We have three days to put in the work and try to get used to the circumstances. Here Then it’s basically a mental turnaround, I think that’s the challenge, I’ve been there for a while now so I have some experience to draw from, ”Burns said.
England beat Sri Lanka this month in the test series of two games. Skipper Joe Root was in flawless shape when he registered a double century in the first test, then followed with a 186-run knock in the second test.
Root clearly leads from the front, you have seen that in the Test series against Sri Lanka it was incredible to see him go his way. He is a leader by example, in terms of how he leads the team. “He’s an easy one to follow,” Burns said.
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