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Cricket news - Amid England's debacle, Burns a ray of hope

Burns's knock is one of the few crumbs of comfort for England to take to Antigua for the second Test

Since 2014, the probability of an opening batsman scoring a Test century in a calendar year decreased from 9.9% to only five in the year 2018.

Whatever the reasons for the dip, there are one or two conclusions: either the opening in Test cricket is becoming more and more difficult, or tasked, against the new ball is getting worse and worse with him. Maybe it is assume it is the latter given, 2018, more Test innings than any of the previous five years (362), and even fewer three-figure scores (18).

There are currently only three active No. 1 or 2 hitter in the top 20 of the ICC rankings and, who knows, if this number goes up or down in 2019. But on Saturday, Rory Burns 16 runs were on the verge of the year of the first opening of the centurion.

To take a day, finished with England succumbing to a 381-run defeat to West Indies in the first Test started as a way for the individual, something meaningful from a match that, in view of the embarrassment that could scar you for the Rest of the series. Burns was the only one on his chance.

Ah, but what is a century? A precious maiden Test hundred was there for the taking. He was looked at the control, 84 out of 132 balls for his first sight of Roston Chase, day, to undo it, by the slightest drift and complete absence of spin.

But as statistics say these CricViz at the top, hundreds of for the beginning are a scarce commodity. And England have burned through so many opening batsman, put together positive about this column became a necessity.

In some glib post-match chat about the preparations and the players themselves choose to save and the concentration on the next Test, Joe Root picked out Burns, who "showed that he is a Test player". In recent years, has meant different things to the Root-England-team.

In Australia, these qualities were reserved for those who could, asked for time. A few months ago in Sri Lanka, it is an allusion to a selfless, proactive approach for the spin per team was planning to tour. Here, the praise was more sensible: the specific to the task at hand and reflects the difficulty of the situation.

The residue was 572 in the case of burns to restart his innings, with 39 to his name, and there was an alarm, when he edged between third slip and gully to move, 44, a magnificent journey through the cover and two to midwicket brought to a second Test fifty from 79 balls. The first, in Kandy, came in less volatile circumstances, as he helped the rush runs for a first innings residue-free of 49, finally leaving a lead of 59.

No one dared to dream that he had, similar to his sleeves - especially Burns himself as a realist as they come. And yet there was something in his approach, radiated calm, even if he did, strip a couple more boundaries through the cordon. It was calm with every step-in-and-drive from the Surrey captain, and moreover, if he can defend the ball into the ground in front of him, and walking out to square leg, as if to stroll through the saloon doors in a Spaghetti Western. He had learned to play with a heavier Hand, according to the case of a too close to his body in the first innings, bounced on his stumps to end his stay to just two.

The Minimum success burns has enjoyed, on Test-level is to come, by what he has always done. What are the technical changes were minimal: the head-bob, nor is his dominant left eye a good sight, shaking hands loosely, and the energy is still in the ball. The most striking adaptation was a sartorial one, with burns, for the short-sleeved shirt instead of his usual rolled-up long sleeves

It is these qualities are to be admired, the England management in the 28-year-old, and stresses its belief that the success, and hundreds will follow. His knock is one of the few crumbs of comfort to take on Antigua for the second Test. The shape of the Burns' opening partner, however, is not one of them.

Two Test were not hundreds, to save enough Nick Compton's, and it may not help, Keaton Jennings, if he continues to blow rigid and aimlessly outside off stump. His dismissal, to slip together with Moeen Ali criminal edge, before the tea-break, were two of England's worst. Great conditions in India achieved to be reduced in Test on debut and Sri Lanka, only a few months by the Lancashire-man, the vulnerability to pace bowling.

The lack of home series before the ashes means the selectors will have more time to stew on Jennings' error, even if he pulls something out of his pocket in the next two games. But not only his personality, kept the axe in the Bay, the lack of options also offers a saving grace.

England's limited overs opener Jason Roy is the next cab off the rank, that is a little strange, considering it to be open and to red ball cricket. He has a modest first-class average of 38, with nine hundreds in 81 games, without owning the same type of temperament, talent against spiders or situation awareness as Jos Buttler, the view of the data set.

James Vince is discussed another option behind closed doors by the ECB, but the man himself is opposed to the proposal. To hesitate the selectors understood, go back to Mark Stoneman, who has been dropped at the beginning of last summer, while the case for the uncovered Nick Gubbins has not been helped by injuries and Middlesex's relegation to division Two. More immediately, Kent's Joe Denly is the only replacement top-order batsman in the Test team, and he is the opener of the profession.

Jennings can be the beginning of survival for the next two games, maybe even the man in possession, when the ashes come around August. Maybe this is another thing to take from these numbers at the top: most of the pages, not only in England, desperate for a century-scorers at the top of the order.

For the time being, but Jennings more than a Test opener by default. Burns does, however, enough to have to a from the right.

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