England’s batters have been given a “wake-up call” and an “education” by Australia’s bowling attack in the first three Ashes Tests. That is the perception of Graham Thorpe, their assistant coach, who will be in charge in absence of self-isolating Chris Silverwood in next week’s fourth Test at the SCG.
The stats from the first three Ashes Tests are utterly miserable for England’s batters. Their highest team total is 297 and there have been no individual hundreds, while Dawid Malan and Joe Root are the only players to have made half-centuries or to average more than 30 in the series. Rory Burns is one of the top order batters who has struggled. He was eventually dropped for the third test, having scored just 51 runs in 4 innings. His home series against India was marked by a string of low scores as well.
Graham Thorpe has been working extensively with Burns. After 31 Tests, Burns averages 30.92 with the bat and his idiosyncratic technique has come under the scanner in Australia.
“I told him: ‘you’ve played 30 Test matches and you average 30, so we want you to be doing more, to be better than that as a player,'” Thorpe said. “So we’ve had discussions with him – does he need a major overhaul of his technique or just to tinker with things?
“He needs to do the simple things better. So can he calm things down with his movements and everything? We’ve been talking him through that. It’s tough in competition. Everyone says do you work with them? Yes you do, but you can’t pick away at people’s brains too much walking into Test matches. Sometimes they have to come out and then you can reset a little bit.
“When players get a little bit of success they then think, ‘My way is the right way’. And there’s a balance to it. You can see certain things. I said to him, ‘The best bowlers in the world are going to analyse your technique and the right-hand column is going to tell you whether you’re getting it right or not’.
“We’ve seen he’s got a good fighting character, so I know that. But at the same time you need a technique and temperament at the highest level. I think he can come back again and play for England definitely but he’s very clear those little adjustments are going to help him to stay at the crease longer.”
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