Ricky Ponting slammed Rory Burns for his run out.

England’s top-order batting woes continued in the Ashes after Australia’s tailenders led them to 303 all out in its first innings in the fifth day-night test on Saturday.

Rory Burns, recalled for the final test, was run-out for a duck while going for a needless run, and Travis Head took a sharp catch from Zak Crawley at forward short leg as England reached 34-2 at the dinner break on the second day.

In the second over of the tourist’s innings, Marnus Labuschagne’s direct hit throw caught Burns short of his crease after Crawley called for a single, which was never there.

Crawley was then brilliantly caught by Travis Head reaching high above his head for 18 as the batsman got a big inside edge onto his pad, which Head claimed from a sharp Pat Cummins delivery on the second attempt.

Ricky Ponting slammed Rory Burns for his run out.

“There had to be more desperation there from Rory Burns. He’s back into the side, fighting for his Test career, and he’s unwilling 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.”

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