Ponting slams into Burns of lack of urgency as the duck season continues

Rory Burns got a lucky hit when he returned to the English test team but was still unable to disrupt the goal scorers.

The opener appeared to nod the sixth ball he met from Mitchell Starc, from the first over of the tournament team’s innings in replay to Australia’s total 303.

None of the Australian players appealed, though replays indicated there was a noise as the ball passed the outside edge on its way to Alex Carey’s gloves.

Fox Cricket’s Shane Warne was convinced that Burns had hit the ball and was confused as to why they did not appeal or try a DRS referral.

Four balls later, Burns hesitated at the end of the non-attacking as he called through to a close single by opening partner Zak Crawley, and that moment of indecision proved crucial as he was driven out by a direct hit from Marnus Labuschagne with the smallest margin.

Burns, who famously fell to Starc when he was thrown by the first ball in the series, was on his way to his eighth duck in his last 22 Test innings in his comeback game after being left out by the team for the MCG and SCG Ashes competitions .

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was not impressed with Burns’ efforts on the Seven commentary.

“I want to make a bit of a point out of this. There had to be more desperation from Rory Burns,” he said.

“He’s back on the side, fighting for his test career, and he’s not willing to make a big dive to try to save his wicket. I know it’s not his fault, not his call. But you can imagine Marnus Labuschagne in the situation he would have dived from two or three years out of the fold. “

Burns has scored 51 runs in the series to 10.2, while his six ducks in 2021 were the most in a calendar year by anyone in the top seven batting positions.

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