Former England captain Alastair Cook has criticised opener Rory Burns for not diving into the crease during his “run out” against Australia.
Burns, who replaced Hasib Hamid in Hobart’s final Ashes Test, was dismissed without adding any points to England’s scoreboard.
Marnus Labuschagne runs out of Rory Burns
In England’s second inning, Zach Crowley threw Pat Cummins’ full length to cover and called for a quick single. Burns was slow to respond to the call, with Marnus Labuschagne throwing precision on the stump as the batsman felt two inches from the crease.
Rory Burns thinks he’ll go home: Alastair Cook
Cook believes Burns should take the dive, while citing the examples of Labouchagne and David Warner moving quickly between the wickets.
“Running, I actually think it has started, I really think the running has started. You just see that little bit of a lack of trust because the partnership between these two is very new and Rory isn’t leaving right away. I would love to see a dive, the desperation of a man back to the side,” Cook told BT Sport.
“You absolutely believe Warners, Labouchagne – I hate comparing English players to Australian players – it’s dusty just to make sure they play.
“I think Burns thinks he’s going home, but it’s an inch or centimeter game and I want to see desperation. I think there’s a single there, albeit very tight,” he added.
Burns was eliminated from England as he ran just 51 runs in four innings, averaging 12.75. Crowley replaced him at the opening when the Kent batsman scored 77 in the second inning of the Sydney Test.
After 29 at-bats on Day 2, England trailed 105/5 with rookie Sam Billings (10*) joining Ollie Pope (9) hit the ball.