|Full name||Rory Joseph Burns|
|Born||26 August 1990|
Epsom, Surrey, England
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Role||Opening batsman, occasional wicket-keeper|
|Test debut (cap 688)||6 November 2018 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||23 November 2018 v Sri Lanka|
|Domestic team information|
|2011–present||Surrey (squad no. 17)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 26 November 2018
Rory Joseph Burns (born 26 August 1990) is an English cricketer who plays for Surrey. He made his international debut for the England cricket team in November 2018. He is a left-handed batsman who opens in first-class cricket and occasionally fields as a wicket-keeper. He was born in Epsom, Surrey and educated at City of London Freemen's School and Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC). In 2018 he was appointed captain of Surrey in both first-class and List A formats.
Having played Second XI cricket for both Surrey and Hampshire, Burns made his first-class debut for Surrey against Cambridge MCCU in May 2011. He made scores of 23 and 16, and keeping wicket ahead of regular keepers Steven Davies and Gary Wilson he took two catches. This was his only first team appearance for Surrey in the 2011 season.
In the 2012 season he scored a century against Leeds Bradford MCCU and filled in as wicket-keeper in one game before being called upon to open the batting in early July against Lancashire. He remained in the team for the rest of the season finishing with 741 runs at an average of 49.4.
He continued to open the batting in 2013 and 2014, playing all Surrey's first-class games in both seasons. He scored 1000 runs in a season for the first time in 2014. In June 2015, whilst playing for Surrey in a NatWest t20 Blast game against Sussex Sharks at Arundel Castle, Burns collided with teammate Moisés Henriques whilst attempting to take a catch. Both players were knocked unconscious from the collision with Burns requiring stitches to facial injuries and Henriques suffered a broken jaw. Ambulances and medical staff treated the players on-field before taking them both to hospital. The game was abandoned due to the injuries. Burns returned to the team in late-June and finished the season with 1019 First-Class runs at an average of 48.52. He also played in 7 of Surrey's 10 games in the Royal London Cup, including all the knock-out games, scoring 364 runs.
His good form in the previous season saw him selected to represent the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against the champions Yorkshire in the traditional curtain-raiser to the 2016 English cricket season. In July 2017 he made his highest score of 219 not-out versus Hampshire – this game was his first game as captain of Surrey.
In the 2018 season, Burns led Surrey to their first County Championship title since 2002. In the process, he scored over 1000 Specsavers County Championship runs for the fifth consecutive season, finishing the season overall as Division One's top run-scorer, with 1359 runs at an average of 64.71.
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- Talbot, Bruce (14 June 2015). "Surrey's Rory Burns and Moises Henriques involved in horrifying collision".
- "Rory Burns, Olly Stone, Joe Denly named in Sri Lanka Test squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- "1st Test, England tour of Sri Lanka at Galle, Nov 6-10 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 November 2018.