Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jennings Can Stake Ashes Claim with County Runs

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jennings Can Stake Ashes Claim with County Runs

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KEATON Jennings can win a place in this summer's Ashes side by scoring a glut of runs for Lancashire this summer, says England head coach Trevor Bayliss.

A 232-run win over the West Indies in St Lucia represented the final away Test of Bayliss' reign, which will come to an end after this year's clash with Australia.

His first overseas assignment in the role, a fine 2-1 success in South Africa in 2015-16, ended with question marks over batsmen Alex Hales, Nick Compton and James Taylor and Bayliss calling for challengers to emerge from the county game.

Six Test tours later, there is a sense of deja vu with Rory Burns, Jennings and Joe Denly the men under the microscope and Bayliss once again seeking contenders.

"We're still looking for those places. Supporters of English cricket want to have 11 exceptional cricketers but it's taking time," Bayliss said. …

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