England great blasts 'awful, ugly' Ashes batter

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Former England opening batsman Sir Geoffrey Boycott has teed disconnected connected the English batters, labelling the openers arsenic "walking wickets".

On the verge of Ashes decision aft falling into a 2-0 shortage past night, overmuch of England's disapproval has been directed astatine the batting unit.

England's openers - Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed - person some struggled.

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Through 4 innings, Hameed has posted scores of 25, 27, 6 and 0, portion Burns has managed 0, 13, 4 and 34.

Haseeb Hameed of England and Rory Burns of England (Getty)

"It's clip we accepted that our batsmen are not bully enough. The 2 openers are walking wickets and the Aussie bowlers are queuing up to get astatine them," Boycott wrote successful the UK Telegraph.

"We compliment Rory Burns for his determination and spot of quality but that can't marque up for an atrocious technique.

"He conscionable looks disfigured with his feet and arms each implicit the place.

"How tin you beryllium young, talented, person a bully method and inactive support failing? Ask Ollie Pope who is making a messiness of his opportunities.

"He has lone scored 48 runs successful 4 innings. England can't support waiting for the penny to driblet successful Ollie's head. If helium doesn't learn, helium volition person to go."

Boycott suggested that Malan, who connected 2 occasions this bid has produced 80 runs oregon more, should unfastened the batting portion skipper Joe Root should displacement to batting astatine no.3.

Despite getting retired for a duck during the archetypal innings of the archetypal Test, Root produced a people of 89 portion continuing his signifier with the bat successful the 2nd Test with a people of 62 successful the archetypal innings.

England's Joe Root (AP)

"England should see opening with Dawid Malan," helium said.

"His method of staying back, judging what to permission and playing consecutive is good.

"It is truthful important for squad morale, and to execute large totals, you should person palmy opening bats."

"It's not perfect but Joe Root astatine immoderate signifier whitethorn person to bat astatine three. He doesn't similar it and I hold it is not champion asking your prima batsman to determination from his favourite fig 4 spot."

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