Ben Stokes compared Rory Burns to England great Alastair Cook as he forecast a long international future for the Surrey opening batsman.The 29-year-old Burns made a hundred in the opening Test of this year’s Ashes series and was one of England’s few successes during their recent series loss in New Zealand, with the left-hander averaging 61.33. England have struggled to field reliable top-order partnership since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012 and the problem only intensified when Cook, his successor as captain, called time on his Test career last year.But star all-rounder Stokes believes England are at least halfway to solving the problem now that Burns has started to consolidate his place in the side.“We have found a gem in Rory Burns,” Stokes told talkSPORT radio on Tuesday. “He is going to have a long future.“He is similar to Alastair Cook in the way he operates, occupying the crease and looking to spend time out in the middle to score his runs.“When we first saw him train with us in Sri Lanka, although he didn’t get off to a great start and get the big runs, there was something about him that you could say, ‘yes, he… Read full this story
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