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Burns: We Don’t Want To Flirt With Form

Published: 12th June, 2018

Surrey captain Rory Burns has encouraged his team to keep improving after victory over Hampshire on Monday continued the unbeaten start to the Specsavers County Championship.

Surrey finalised an innings and 58 run win at the Ageas Bowl on Monday for their third win in just five red ball matches so far this summer.

With Somerset set to visit for the 80th annual Guildford Festival next Wednesday and then a trip to Scarborough just two days after the finish of that one, Burns knows this is a crucial point in the season for his team’s hopes.

He said: “The next two games come thick and fast now so there is no time to settle. We don’t want to flirt with form, it’s important that we just push on and continue.”

After scoring 368 in their only required innings in Southampton, with 151 from the captain, Surrey picked up all 20 Hampshire wickets in less than two days worth of play.

Rikki Clarke led the way with seven wickets while Morne Morkel claimed five, Sam Curran and Amar Virdi took three each and Jade Dernbach backed them up with the first of the two innings.

“I am very pleased especially the way that we bowled there, we were very good as a group. As a whole the way the four big lads ran in, backed by Virds was excellent.

“You look at the names and the quality in that attack and the way they went about their stuff was brilliant, I couldn’t ask for more.

Burns became the first Division One batsman to reach 500 runs this season during his gargantuan effort and typically, he remains humble about his statistics so far this season.

“I am obviously happy with my own form and I’m happy as long as it continues.”

Surrey are next in action against Somerset in the 80th annual Guildford Festival on Wednesday 20th June.

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