England Test recall for Lancashire opener Jennings

Keaton Jennings batting in BlackpoolKeaton Jennings batting in Blackpool
Keaton Jennings batting in Blackpool
England have recalled Lancashire's Keaton Jennings in place of out-of-form opener Mark Stoneman for the second NatWest Test against Pakinson, starting on Friday at Headingley.

The 25-year-old opener’s return is the only change to the 12-man squad following England’s nine-wicket defeat at Lord’s in the series opener.

Stoneman, short of runs for Surrey at the start of this summer, could muster just 13 in two innings in the first Test.

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Jennings, who averaged 24.50 after the last of his six Tests almost 10 months ago, - when he was replaced by Stoneman - has started his season well, hitting two Specsavers County Championship centuries already and averaging almost 44 for his new county.

National selector Ed Smith said: “Keaton Jennings showed a strong temperament in scoring a hundred on his Test match debut against India in December 2016.

“Keaton has found good form in county cricket this season, including three centuries in his last seven innings (two in the First Division of the county championship, one in the Royal London Cup).”

Jennings was seen briefly at Blackpool’s Stanley Park last Friday, when he batted throughout the 8.2 overs which were possible before Lancashire’s Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Warwickshire was abandoned due to rain

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Stoneman’s opening partnership with national all-time record runscorer Alastair Cook has become the least fruitful in England’s history, with a current output of less than 19 runs for each stand.

Smith said: “Mark Stoneman misses out at Emerald Headingley.

“Mark has experienced a disappointing start to the 2018 season and had a difficult Test match at Lord’s.”

England must win the second Test in Leeds to avoid a series defeat.

England squad: JE Root (Captain), AN Cook, KK Jennings, DJ Malan, JM Bairstow (wkt), BA Stokes, JC Buttler, CR Woakes, DM Bess, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, MA Wood