Following a dismal Ashes tour, former England opener Sir Geoffrey Boycott has delivered a harsh assessment of Rory Burns. England should look past the left-handed batter according to the English legendary cricketer. Burns struggled to find his rhythm during the Ashes campaign, losing his wicket to Mitchell Starc on the first ball of the tournament. In three Tests, the southpaw averaged only 12.83, with a top score of 34. Before the next series, the 32-year-old is certain to lose his berth.
Burns' technique was described as "ugly" by Geoffrey Boycott in his Telegraph column. While the cricketer-turned-commentator acknowledges the southpaw's bravery, he believes England must find other options. He stated: "Rory Burns is ugly to watch. If that is the best of what English cricket has to offer, then God help England, his technique you would not give to a friend. The guy has tremendous determination and guts. I take my hat off to him and full credit for everything he gets out of his batting but England need to find something better."
Boycott also spoke about all-rounder Ben Stokes' performance in the Ashes, describing it as "promising." However, he struggled due to a lack of game time and match practise before the marquee series.
Boycott added: "Ben Stokes showed us glimpses of what he might do but, to be honest, there were mitigating circumstances why he couldn't perform. A lack of competitive cricket in England and no match practice before the series because of rain left him a shadow of the great batsman. "
Stokes had been on a mental health sabbatical since August before the Ashes began. While the 30-year-old managed two 60s, he fell short of a huge score, not akin to his immense potential. He only took four wickets at an average of 71.50, blowing hot and cold.
Zak Crawley fared well for England, according to the 81-year-old, who noted that he has a flair for putting bowlers under strain with a straightforward and traditional style. Boycott, on the other hand, wants to see a lot more from the youngster.
"Zak's batting at the end was a delightful surprise. Being tall with a big stride that helps him get to the pitch of the ball he was a scoreboard mover putting a bit of pressure back on the bowler. Against him, bowlers run up thinking if I do not get my length or line right he will punish me. He has a simple orthodox technique with lovely timing. Please, Zak - do not be a flash in the pan as we need a lot more from you," the legend concluded
While it appears that Crawley will keep his spot for the forthcoming series against the West Indies, it would be intriguing to watch who the ECB chooses as his opening partner.