Keaton Jennings back in England’s Test squad for Headingley at Mark Stoneman’s expense | Cricket Bats | England
England have responded to their thumping nine-wicket defeat at Lord’s by recalling Keaton Jennings for the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley with Mark Stoneman dropped following a continuation of his poor form in the heavy loss.
Jennings, 25, scored a century on his Test debut against India in Mumbai but lost his place midway through last season after struggling to build on that early milestone.
However, following a move from Durham to Lancashire, he has been one of the few in-form batsmen on the domestic circuit this season. He has scored two centuries in the County Championship, including one against a strong Nottinghamshire attack, and has carried that form into the Royal London Cup.
Stoneman failed twice at Lord’s – bowled by Mohammad Abbas in the first innings and defeated by a one that kept low from Shadab Khan in the second – in a display bereft of confidence.
He had been somewhat fortunate to retain his place in the first place following a lean start to the season for Surrey. In his 11 Tests he has made five half-centuries but not gone beyond 60, with a distinct slump in his performances after getting hit on the helmet at the WACA.
“Keaton Jennings showed a strong temperament in scoring a hundred on his Test match debut against India in December 2016,” national selector Ed Smith said. “Keaton has found good form in county cricket this season, including three centuries in his last seven innings.
“Mark Stoneman misses out at Headingley. Mark has experienced a disappointing start to the 2018 season and had a difficult Test match at Lord’s.”
With the swap of Jennings for Stoneman confirmed, the one decision to be made on the final XI is whether there is a return for Chris Woakes, who was the man to miss out from the 12 at Lord’s. Mark Wood was preferred in the hope that he could provide a different element to the pace attack but his first-innings return of 2 for 74 was underwhelming.
England squad: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes