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Ashes: Rory Burns’ nightmare run continues, he’s out for the EIGHTH duck in the last 22 innings

Ricky Ponting SLAMs Rory Burns for a ‘lack of desperation’ after he runs away from a DUCK…as England’s opener Ashes series nightmare continues after his EIGHTH innings without scoring in his last 22

  • England opener Rory Burns was recalled for the fifth and final Ashes Test
  • But the first innings lasted six balls before he was outed by Marnus Labuschagne
  • Zak Crawley called him through for a run, but Burns came up short on his turf
  • Ricky Ponting, however, was critical of Burns for failing to make a splash











Ricky Ponting has criticized Rory Burns for showing a lack of desire to save his test career by not diving to avoid running out.

The England opener was returned to the XI for the fifth and final Ashes Test in Hobart in place of Haseeb Hameed, but his first innings at the Bellerive Oval lasted just six balls before he was fired.

Fellow opener Zak Crawley called Burns through for a single after some initial hesitation when he tried to steal a quick single offside, but Marnus Labuschagne was alive to the situation and produced a direct hit.

Ricky Ponting has criticized Rory Burns (front) for failing to take a dip to avoid running away

Ricky Ponting has criticized Rory Burns (front) for failing to take a dip to avoid running away

Burns registered his second duck of the series after a good fielding from Marnus Labuschagne

Burns registered his second duck of the series after a good fielding from Marnus Labuschagne

An umpire review confirmed that Burns ran out of ground, leaving him disappointed after his eighth duck in his last 22 innings.

But former Australian captain Ponting said that while the call was not Burns’ fault, he believes he could have gone through more effort to ‘save his wicket’, assuming Labuschagne would have shown such desperation.

ponting told Australia station Channel 7: ‘I want to make a point of it.

“There had to be more desperation from Rory Burns. He’s back on the side fighting for his test career, and he’s unwilling to take a big plunge to try and save his wicket.

Burns was switched for a single by fellow England opener Zak Crawley in the second over

Burns was switched for a single by fellow England opener Zak Crawley in the second over

“I know it’s not his fault, not his decision. But you can imagine Marnus Labuschagne in the same situation, he would have jumped out of the fold from two or three meters.’

However, former England opener David Gower and bowler Steven Finn showed more sympathy for Burns and were instead critical of Crawley’s decision to call Burns through for a run

Commenting for BT Sport, Gower said: “The big screen is bringing the bad news to Rory Burns who, through no fault of his own, is leaving the field uncontrollably. It was a terrible call from Zak Crawley.’

Finn, meanwhile, told BBC Test Match Special: “That’s a terrible start. You have to sympathize with Rory Burns, he must have been at the barbecue by Zak Crawley.’

But Ponting believes Burns could have shown more desire to keep his Hobart wicket

But Ponting believes Burns could have shown more desire to keep his Hobart wicket

Burns was left out of the third and fourth Test games in Melbourne and Sydney on a tour in which he scored only 51 runs in five innings, including 34 in the second innings of the day-night game in Adelaide.

The Surrey batsman has already been fired for a duck Down Under, thrown by Mitchell Starc from the series’ first delivery in Brisbane.

But his latest dismissal got off to a nightmarish start for England, who had knocked out Australia to 303 earlier in the session, with Nathan Lyon making a fine cameo.

But the tourists would also lose Crawley for lunch, who was caught on the short leg by Pat Cummins’ Travis Head.

Burns has now scored eight nil scores in his last 22 Test innings for England

Burns has now scored eight nil scores in his last 22 Test innings for England

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