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Ashes 2019: Rory Burns excited by meeting 2005 Ashes champs

England batsman Rory Burns said a meeting with the Ashes legends of 2005 excited him to make his lady Test century against Australia.

The Surrey opener’s unbeaten 125 helped England close day two of the first Test on 267-4, trailing by 17 at Edgbaston.

The England players from 2005 joined the present team before the match.

“We connected the night before and I was literally ready to run through a brick wall at that stage and get right in amongst it,” said Burns.

“To be an Ashes cricketer in the first place is a wonderful thing.”

Burns’ determined effort took England to within sight of a first-innings lead over the tourists, who were bowled out for 284 on day one.

It comes seven days after England were rejected for 85 in an unconvincing success over Ireland at Lord’s, with Burns overseeing 12 runs in the game and watching especially out of touch.

“I buried my head in the sand to all of the comments, media and that sort of stuff,” said the left-hander.

“I just tried to get around people that back me – team-mates, coaches. I tried to back my own skills.”

Burns uncovered an outing to long-term mentor Neil Stewart, sibling of England legend Alec and a Surrey Academy mentor, helped him get his game back in order.

“I went to someone who’s known me since the age of six – he’s been coaching me,” said the 28-year-old.

“I just asked him what he reckoned. He gleaned out a few thoughts for me, and I just tried to put those into practice.

“I tried to get a bat in hand as much as I could over four or five days between the Ireland Test and this match.”

The work down by Burns was perceived by previous England skipper Michael Vaughan, who disclosed to BBC Test Match Special: “He has got his hands tighter to his body and had a great game plan. To bat all day was fantastic.

“Burns has to log down what he has done today and then try and deliver on a consistent basis.

“Character is the main thing you need to be a success in Test cricket and with what he has shown today, he has clearly got something.”

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