Burns: England must learn from Barbados 'blip'

Rory Burns says England's batsmen must place a higher value on their wicket when they look to level the Test series in Antigua.

England opener Rory Burns   -  Getty Images

Rory Burns says England's batsmen must use their Barbados "blip" as a lesson as they attempt to come from behind and secure a Test series win over West Indies.

The tourist folded for a pitiful 77 all out in its first innings and was consigned to a 381-run drubbing inside four days when it collapsed to make only 246 second time around at the Kensington Oval.

Burns made a Test-best 84 in the second innings, but he was the only England player to score a half-century in a shambolic start to the three-match Series.

Head coach Trevor Bayliss described England's batting as "gutless" and opening batsman Burns knows there can be no repeat in the second Test in Antigua, which starts on Thursday.

An aberration

"Finishing the Test, there was obviously disappointment that we hadn't performed as well as we wanted to," he told Sky Sports.

"But leaving the ground it was, 'How do we respond? How do we come back from that?' And almost to use it as a lesson and something to build on, placing a higher value on your wicket and transfer pressure back onto bowlers if they bowl well.

"There are a few meetings before and after [the Test] where we talk about these things and how we get better and how we keep improving. It's a bit of a blip but how do we take that forward? How do we use that as a lesson and improve?"


Keeping up the tempo

Burns added: "It's different with every individual and how they're attacking their games. It comes down to your own personal game plan and how you want to implement it.

"I'm going to be different to someone like Stokesy [Ben Stokes], for example. How you go about it is your own personal responsibility when you go out to bat or bowl and execute what you want to.

"I felt like I played quite nicely, but it was disappointing to miss out [on a century in the second innings] as well. It's something to build on and something to improve upon. It's a good thing.

"From the first innings, I went away and thought about whether I'd missed out on things and I didn't think I had and in that second innings I just tried to transfer a bit of pressure back onto the bowlers, I had a little bit of a look at them after the first innings so yeah, the tempo was quite nice and I'll try and keep it up."

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