The Ashes: England opener Rory Burns advised to change batting technique by Sir Alastair Cook | Cricket News

Rory Burns scored just four points out of three deliveries before being dismissed again by Mitchell Starc in the third over; England fell 456 points behind in the second ash test after reaching the stocks on the second day at 17-2.

Last updated: 17/12/21 13:28


Rory Burns was again fired for Mitchell Starc in the second Ashes Test

Rory Burns was advised to think about making changes to his unorthodox technique by former England captain Sir Alastair Cook after another challenge for the Ashes opener of Surrey.

England face an uphill battle in the second test in Adelaide after finishing 17-2 in response to 473-9 declared by Australia, Burns the first to go after bypassing Mitchell Starc in the third over.

His idiosyncratic batting style was microscopically scrutinized after a mixed bag this year, with one ton and three fifty but also six ducks in 10 tests, and Cook believes Burns needs to do something to become more trustworthy.

Burns has only faced three deliveries in his innings

Burns has only faced three deliveries in his innings

“You’re always told in international cricket ‘do what you do in county cricket, don’t change the way you play, you’d be crazy to change it right away,'” Cook said on BT Sport.

“It’s probably coming to a stage where he’ll have to sit down and say ‘this is what I have with my technique if I want to play even longer for England and play 60, 70, 80 test games for England. , what do I need to improve? ‘

“This works for Rory Burns at times, but to be more consistent early in his innings, I think he needs to really think about how to get the bat to play more directly. It’s still in Burns’ hands. If he scores a hundred. in the second inning, then play a few more games. “

Burns' unorthodox batting technique was questioned throughout the series

Burns’ unorthodox batting technique was questioned throughout the series

Cook, the best test scorer of all time in England, feels Burns strays his hands too far from his chest, which leaves him out of position against a bowler like Starc. Burns has already fallen on Starc twice already, and Cook fears the bout will become increasingly one-sided unless he changes something.

“Mitchell Starc’s perfect angle, to perfectly hit that ball with it coming off and his bat coming in, your timing has to be absolutely accurate,” added Cook, who acknowledged that there are dangers in making changes. mid-series techniques.

Assistant coach Graham Thorpe supports the selection of the English team despite a difficult opening day for tourists in the second Ashes Test.

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Assistant coach Graham Thorpe supports the selection of the English team despite a difficult opening day for tourists in the second Ashes Test.

Assistant coach Graham Thorpe supports the selection of the English team despite a difficult opening day for tourists in the second Ashes Test.

“If it’s not okay, your club face is slightly closed when you hit it. It’s a technique that now has to decide what it’s going to do because Starc for the next five test games if it stays fit, it’s almost the perfect match against. he.

“The problem is tinkering with your technique in the middle of a massive streak, so you’re hitting in a match maybe thinking about technique isn’t what you want to do. The only thing you want to do is commit or watch the ball as it’s coming down. You have to keep your mind as clear as possible. “

Is Burns’ place threatened?

It was a forgettable tour for Burns, who fell into Ashes folklore for all the wrong reasons after getting hit by the first dance of the series, and has so far contributed just 17 points from three innings.

England need a third matchday

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England need a “massive” third day if they are to save the second Ashes Test against Australia, says former trailblazer Nick Knight.

England need a “massive” third day if they are to save the second Ashes Test against Australia, says former trailblazer Nick Knight.

Former British forerunner Nick Knight, who faced Burns-like experiences during a series of Ashes, said Sky Sports News: “He’s got a lot of work to do and he’s going to feel pressured. I don’t know if he’s going to listen to the news and social media, but there’s going to be some pressure in his place. Sure, he’s the kind of character who can absorb all of this and move on.

“Having been in this position myself on a number of occasions, I don’t want the selectors to go back to the late 90s or early 2000s, where if you had some bad scores or some bad games, then they’d try to try someone else,” doing so becomes a bit of a revolving door.

“With Burns, though, if you go back seven or eight test games, he got 132, 81, 61, 50 and 49, so he helped along the way. Of course, everyone is right that he struggled in this particular series. but I don’t think England will change for the next one.

“They want options if they want to go that route, but I don’t think they will do it again.”

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