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England and Australia openers under scrutiny amid Ashes uncertainty | Vic Marks

Jason Roy’s form has England pondering their order while Australia may juggle their bowlers again at Headingley

Act III may bring some new protagonists. There are a few batsmen out there whose contributions so far have been akin to that of the second gravedigger in Hamlet. They are predominantly opening batsmen, with Rory Burns a glowing exception.

The Australian pair have failed to fire so far. There has been little chance for rabid English supporters to become hoarse while David Warner has been at the crease. He has accumulated 18 runs from 50 deliveries at an average of 4.50 per innings. Cameron Bancroft has hinted at greater permanency as he doggedly props forward and plays around his front pad but he has only mustered 44 runs at 11.

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