Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jennings Is Axed from Test Side for Second Time in His Career

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jennings Is Axed from Test Side for Second Time in His Career

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LANCASHIRE'S Keaton Jennings has been dropped for the second time in his Test career.

Just four games ago, the Red Rose opener Jennings made a determined 146 not out in Galle, but continued struggles against seam bowling and the increasingly predictable nature of his dismissals have seen him axed for the second Test against the West Indies in favour of the uncapped Joe Denly.

England had been hoping Jennings and Rory Burns would be able to forge a long-term partnership, but a double failure in last week's heavy defeat in Barbados persuaded them to change tack.

Denly will become England's oldest debutant batsman since Alan Wells 24 years ago.

Captain Joe Root made a point of telling Jennings he still had a future with England, but it is likely he will need to make technical improvements and county runs to match before they look again. …

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