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RORY BURNS: I enjoyed wicket more than the century

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NEVER mind the 114 runs, the highlight of the Middlesex game for me was my first first-class wicket.

I was really happy with my performance against Middlesex, although far more people congratulated me on the wicket than my century. My team-mates were amused by the wicket as well.

I've done a bit of bowling in the past for Banstead when they've been short, and I do practice bowling in training with Surrey, but I haven't done that much in a game before but the skipper suggested I have a go. Maybe now I've got my first wicket they will let me have a go again.

I do enjoy bowling but it's probably because I don't do it that often. I couldn't imagine doing it all the time; bowling just isn't nice. It makes your arms and shoulders hurt, although that might be because I don't do it a lot. Batting is physically a lot nicer, and to me, less effort. I'd rather be squatting than having painful shoulders!

The only downside to the Middlesex game was that I still didn't get to spend a lot of time batting alongside Graeme Smith. At the moment it seems like we can't both do well at once. I did well in the first innings and he was out for a duck, and then as soon as I was out in the second innings I knew people were going to be asking me about it. It just hasn't happened yet but I'm confident it will fairly shortly.

On Bank Holiday Monday, Surrey played Hampshire in a one-day game but I didn't play. I've certainly played more four-day cricket than one-day, but I would like to play both, it is just getting the opportunity and then doing well. After all, Surrey have a good one-day side already.

People say you need to adapt your batting style to switch from four-day to one-day but I think it's more adapting to the situation than the format.

Playing for Banstead is a bit like playing the one-day format and I do that, so I think I'm good at adapting to the situation

I've played a few shorter format games for Surrey in the past and done okay as well, it is just adapting.

RORY BURNS: I enjoyed wicket more than the century


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