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Ponting slams Burns for lack of urgency as Duck season continues

Rory Burns was given a lucky break when he returned to the England test squad but still couldn’t disturb the goalscorers.

The fly-half appeared to snatch the sixth ball he faced from Mitchell Starc in the first innings of the tour team’s innings as he replayed the Australian tally of 303.

None of the Australian players appealed even though replays indicated there was a noise as the ball passed the outside edge into the path of Alex Carey’s gloves.

Shane Warne on Fox Cricket was adamant Burns nicked the ball and was baffled he hadn’t appealed or attempted a DRS recommendation.

Four balls later, Burns faltered on the non-attacking side when called for a tight single by opening partner Zak Crawley and that moment of indecision proved crucial as he was taken out by a direct hit from Marnus Labuschagne by the narrowest of margins.

Burns, who fell to Starc on the first ball of the series, was on his way to his eighth duck in his last 22 Test innings in his return game after being dropped from the squad for MCG contests and SCG Ashes.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was unimpressed with Burns’ effort on Seven’s comment.

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

“He’s back in the side, fighting for his Test career and he’s not ready to take a big dive to try and save his wicket. I know it’s not his fault, not his decision. But you can imagine Marnus Labuschagne in this situation, he would have been diving for two or three years out of the fold.

Burns scored 51 runs in the series at 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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