What under-fire Pom must change to avoid Ashes axe

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Australian cricket icon Mark Taylor has highlighted what indispensable alteration successful Rory Burns' method if the England opener is to clasp his spot successful the visitors' Ashes XI.

Burns had a dismal commencement to his Ashes run successful the Brisbane Test, being castled by a leg-side Mitchell Starc thunderbolt connected the archetypal shot of the match and managing conscionable 13 successful England's 2nd dig.

The left-hander did a horrible occupation against Starc's archetypal ball, getting his footwork terribly incorrect arsenic the accelerated bowler destroyed the stumps down his legs, giving him his 4th duck from his past 9 Test innings.

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That led to Burns palming disconnected first-delivery duties to Haseeb Hameed for England's 2nd dig. He had lone begun astatine the non-striker's extremity doubly from his erstwhile 54 Test innings, truthful his relinquishment of the first-ball duties appeared to beryllium reflective of shattered confidence.

Australian cricket fable Mark Taylor has pinpointed what indispensable alteration successful Rory Burns' method if the England opener is to stay a subordinate of his side's Ashes XI. (Getty)

Burns' woes person led to erstwhile Test skipper Taylor making a grim appraisal of the embattled tourist.

"Rory Burns is nether monolithic pressure," Taylor said connected Wide World of Sports' Outside The Rope.

"Because of that method helium is precise susceptible to a moving ball. As we saw from Starc's archetypal shot of the lucifer (in the Brisbane Test), if you get it consecutive and conscionable doing a bit, erstwhile you're shuffling crossed the crease and you've got the bat wrapped astir your near ear, it's not casual to get the afloat look of the bat connected the ball. When the shot is moving you request the afloat look astatine your disposal."

Starc gets wicket with archetypal shot of the Ashes

Burns past made a Test 100 successful June, peeling disconnected 132 runs from 297 balls against New Zealand astatine Lord's.

The 31-year-old had besides scored a period during the 2019 Ashes, compiling 133 from 312. That was the archetypal of his 3 Test tons to date.

"He made a large 100 astatine Edgbaston successful 2019, Rory Burns, he's got large attraction powerfulness and helium believes that he's bully capable – and that's halfway determination to being a bully Test cricketer," Taylor said.

"His method is of large interest and he's got to marque runs successful Adelaide, oregon they're going to request to marque a change."

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