Ashes 2021-22: Alastair Cook Feels Rory Burns Should Have Made A Dive To Avoid Run Out

Alastair Cook

Former England captain Alastair Cook criticised opener Rory Burns for not diving into the crease during his ‘run out’ against Australia.

Burns, who replaced Haseeb Hameed for the final Ashes Test in Hobart, was dismissed without adding any runs to England’s scoreboard.

Marnus Labuschagne runs out Rory Burns

In the second over of England’s innings, Zak Crawley tapped Pat Cummins full length delivery towards covers and called for a quick single. Burns was slow to respond to the call and Marnus Labuschagne directed a pin-point throw at the stumps as the batter felt two inches short of the crease.

Rory Burns
England opener Rory Burns missed his way into the crease just by few inches as he was ran out by Marnus Labuschagne. Credits: Twitter

Rory Burns thought he was going to get home: Alastair Cook

Cook opined that Burns should have made the dive while citing the examples of how Labuschagne and David Warner are quick between the wickets.

The run, I actually think it was on, I genuinely think the run was on. You just see that little bit of lack of trust with the partnership being very new between those two, and Rory not going straight away. And I’d like to see a dive, the desperation of a guy coming back into the side,” Cook told BT Sport.

David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne
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“You’re absolutely convinced that Warner, Labuschagne – and I hate comparing England players to Australian players – would have been full of dust just to make sure they were in.

“I think Burns thought he was going to get home, but it’s a game of inches or centimetres, and I’d like to see desperation. I think there was a single there, albeit a very tight one,” he added.

Burns was dropped from England’s team after he could just aggregate 51 runs from four innings at an average of 12.75. Crawley replaced him in the opening slot as the Kent batter scored 77 in the second innings of the Sydney Test.

After 29 overs on Day 2, England were reeling at 105/5 with debutant Sam Billings (10*) was batting along with Ollie Pope (9).

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He’s Back, Fighting For His Test Career, And He’s Not Willing To Put In A Big Dive To Try And Save His Wicket – Ricky Ponting Slams Rory Burns

Ricky Ponting

Legendary Australian captain Ricky Ponting has lashed out at England batter Rory Burns for not diving to avoid a run out in the Ashes finale at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart.

Rory Burns was once again included in England’s playing XI after Haseeb Hameed’s continuous failure and the former got out on duck in the comeback innings.

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Rory Burns
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In England’s first innings of the 5th Ashes Test, Burns got run out in the second over itself after some hesitation with opening partner Zak Crawley. Crawley attempted to take a quick single but the fielder Marnus Labuschagne was quicker and he produced a direct hit and Burns got run out. Even though it was a poor call from Crawley but Rory Burns could have saved his wicket if had dived to complete the run.

Rory Burns
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Legendary Australia captain Ricky Ponting speaking on Channel 7 said that the Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne would have dived “from two or three yards out from the crease” if he was in place of Burns.

“I want to make a bit of a point of this. There had to be more desperation there from Rory Burns. He’s back into the side, fighting for his Test career, and he’s not willing to put in a big dive to try and save his wicket.”

“I know it’s not his fault, not his call. But you can imagine Marnus Labuschagne in that same situation, he would’ve been diving from two or three yards out from the crease,” he asserted.

The big screen delivers the bad news to Rory Burns – David Gower

Rory Burns
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Former England cricketer David Gower talking about the run-out said that there was no fault of Burns and it was “ a dreadful call from Zak Crawley”. Speaking on BT Sport, Gower said:

 “The big screen delivers the bad news to Rory Burns who, through absolutely no fault of his own, leaves the field runless. It was a dreadful call from Zak Crawley.”

Former England player Steven Finn also criticised Zak Crawley for his poor call.

“That’s a horrible start. You have to feel for Rory Burns, he’s been stuck on the barbecue by Zak Crawley,” Finn told BBC Test Match Special.

Australia despite losing 3 wickets at the score of 12 in the first innings managed to put 303 runs on the board with the help of a sensational century by Travis Head and a half-century by Cameron Green.

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AUS vs ENG Head to Head Records: Australia’s Head to Head Record vs England- Ashes 2021-22, 5th Test

Pat Cummins and Joe Root

England square up against Australia in the fifth and final Test of the Ashes 2021-22 series in Hobart. Australia won the first three Tests but couldn’t win the fourth one as it resulted in a draw. Australia batted first in the fourth Test and managed to score a formidable 416 in the first innings.

Usman Khawaja, Australia, Ashes 2021-22
Usman Khawaja (Credits: Twitter)

Usman Khawaja, starred with the bat, as he played a sensational knock of 137 runs off 260 deliveries. Steven Smith also played a vital 67-run knock in 141 deliveries. For England, Stuart Broad picked his maiden five-wicket haul in the series.

Ben Stokes. Photo- Getty
Ben Stokes. Photo- Getty

England, in reply, were bundled out for 294 runs. They got off to the worst possible start after losing the first four wickets for just 36 runs. However, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow then led a fantastic recovery as the duo added 128 runs for the fifth wicket. Jonny Bairstow scored his maiden ton of the series, while Stokes got out after scoring 66 off 91.

Khawaja then notched his second consecutive hundred in the game during Australia’s second innings. He remained unbeaten at 101 in 138 balls and helped his team declare the innings at 265 for 6, setting a target of 388 runs.

England knew they couldn’t chase down the total on the last day, however, they managed to draw the Test in the end. Australia needed only 1 one wicket in the final 12 balls but James Anderson and Stuart Broad played six balls each to deny Australia their fourth consecutive win of the series.

AUS vs ENG Head to Head Records: Australia’s Head to Head Record vs England- Ashes 2021-22, 5th Test

Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. (Photo: Twitter)

Teams Head to Head Records: Tests 

Stats Matches AUS Win  ENG Won Draw
Overall 355 149 110 96
Ashes Title 72 34 32 6
In the last 5 matches 5 4 1

Australia and England have played against each other in 355 Tests in the history of their Test rivalry. Australia have dominated the series, having won as many as 149 Tests. England, on the other hand, have managed to win 110 Tests, while 96 Tests resulted in draws.

For those of you who don’t know, the first match of the Ashes series was played on 15th March 1877. The last Ashes series was held in England in 2019. Both the teams won 2 matches each, while one resulted in a draw.

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