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Burns, Stone and Denly receive England Test summons

Rory Burns, the Surrey opener, gets his first call-up following another sensational year in domestic cricket, where he has scored in excess of 1,300 first-class runs at an average of more than 69

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Rory Burns is in the England squad

England have named Rory Burns, Joe Denly and Olly Stone in their squad for the three-match Test tour of Sri Lanka.

Burns, the Surrey opener, gets his first summons following another sensational year in domestic cricket, where he has scored in excess of 1,300 first-class runs at an average of more than 69.

Denly, too, has been productive with the bat and ball - in all forms of the game - with a Kent side which has won promotion to Division One of the County Championship.

Stone has ripped through Division Two batting orders with the ball and wins his first call-up just two days after being named in the 50-over party. 

National Selector Ed Smith said: “Joe Denly has had an excellent season with bat and ball and has matured into one of the leading players in county cricket. He has that all-round touch of class that can help at the highest level.

“Olly Stone is an exciting talent who bowls with pace and skill. His 37 wickets in the county championship have come at an average of 12.27 and a strike rate of 22.22.

“Rory Burns, who has led Surrey to the Championship title, has been the most consistent run-scorer in county cricket in recent seasons and fully deserves his elevation to the Test squad. Rory is the leading Championship run-scorer this season with 1319 at an average of 69.”

ENGLAND SQUAD
Root, Moeen, Anderson, Bairstow, Broad, Burns, Buttler, Curran, Denly, Jennings, Leach, Pope, Rashid, Stokes, Stones, Woakes

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