England coach Trevor Bayliss accepts that England’s top-order has been their weakness but hopes Jason Roy can make a statement in the upcoming Ashes.
Since Andrew Strauss’ retirement in 2012, Alastair Cook got through a dozen opening partners before retiring from Test cricket last year.
England's vulnerabilities at the top of the order were once again on display as they collapsed to 85 all out in the first session of their maiden Test against Ireland at Lord’s.
Their bowlers got them out of the hole by dismissing Ireland for just 38 on Friday to clinch a comprehensive 143-run win.
Bayliss, when asked if England's top order was a vulnerability ahead of the Ashes, replied: "You don't have to be Einstein to work that out.
"They have been for the last six or seven years, but it didn't stop us (winning the Ashes) four years ago," the Australian added.
The top three batters (Burns, Roy and Denly) – who played against Ireland – have all been persisted with in the squad for the first Ashes Test.
The likes of Burns and Denly haven’t quite kicked on in their short Test careers but England are banking on Roy to take cues from David Warner, who successfully transformed his white-ball form into the longest format.
The 28-year-old has played majority of his first-class cricket with Surrey as a middle-order batsman and suspicions still remain as to whether he can counter the lateral movement as an opening batter.
"Like any debutant, he looked nervous but to score 70-odd in your first Test was a good effort," said Bayliss.
"There was a bit more in those wickets than I'm sure he's been used to in white-ball cricket over the last few years but runs are runs. He wouldn't be the first player to look scratchy and eke out runs. In fact, that's a good sign, I think.
"We want him to go out and play his natural game but in red-ball cricket you have to be a little more selective. You've got to make a conscious effort to say to yourself, 'I'm not going to go for the big cover drive on the up until I'm really settled, the wicket is flat or the ball's not doing as much'.
"Jason probably looked a little scratchy but he got 72 and helped us win the game."