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22-Sep-2018 12:46:00 GMT
England in Sri Lanka 2018-19

England call up uncapped Burns for Sri Lanka Test

London: England have called up uncapped Surrey opener Rory Burns to the Test squad to face Sri Lanka this winter - the first tour since Alastair Cook's retirement.

Burns, 28, captained Surrey to the County Championship title this year and is the leading scorer in Division One, with 1,319 runs at an average of 69.42.

Kent batsman Joe Denly and Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone are also named in the Test squad for the first time.

Denly, 32, previous played nine one-day internationals and five Twenty20 matches for England in 2009 and 2010.

Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach has been recalled for the first time since his Test debut against New Zealand in March, with all-rounder Moeen Ali, who bowls off-spin, and leg-spinner Adil Rashid the other two specialist spinners in the 16-man squad.

England Test squad:
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Rory Burns, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes

Burns is likely to open alongside Jennings following the retirement of England's highest Test run-scorer Cook, who scored a farewell century in the final Test of England's 4-1 series win over India earlier this month.

Burns has hit four centuries and seven fifties in Division One this year and scored more than 1,000 runs in each of the past five seasons.

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