Differing fortunes for England openers Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns

Rory Dollard 12:20 31/10/2018
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Rory Burns impressed during day two of the two day warm up match between a Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI and England.

Openers Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns enjoyed differing fortunes as England posted 104 for two on the second morning of England’s Test warm-up in Colombo.

After watching the Sri Lanka Board XI post 392 for nine – including three retirements – England had a first sight of their new look top order on Wednesday.

Jennings, retained for the tour after Alastair Cook’s retirement despite a lean summer, made an underwhelming 13 before dragging Shehan Madushanka into his stumps in the 14th over.

His reaction told a story, pivoting on his heel and swinging the bat in the direction of the stumps in clear frustration.

Burns, batting for the first time in England colours, enjoyed a much more impressive stay.

He made a fluent 47, including nine boundaries, and was seemingly set fair until a brief moment of miscommunication with Joe Denly saw him run out by a direct hit.

Denly reached lunch on 25 not out, surviving a handful of awkward moments early on to reach the interval, with captain Joe Root on 19no.

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