Ben Stokes Throws His Weight Behind Struggling Keaton Jennings
England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes has extended his full support for the top-order batsman Keaton Jennings after struggling against South Africa in the four-match Investec Test series at his home.
“He hasn’t had the best of series. He would have known that and been disappointed,” Stokes was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
However, the hosts under the newly-appointed skipper Joe Root clinched the series 3-1, as the top-order except Alastair Cook looked rusty with the bat.
The 26-year-old Christchurch-born Stokes, who has emerged as a prominent player for the England, and is confident of the batsman – to return to form after Jennings was axed from the first Pink-ball Test of the three-match series which is scheduled on August 17 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
“From the amount of runs he has got over the last two seasons playing for Durham, and getting 100 in his first England innings, he knows that he can do it,” Stokes added.
Starting off with a bang in his Test career, the opening batsman Jennings scored a century in the subcontinent against India in his debut Test at Wankhede in Mumbai, the left-handed England batsman Keaton Jennings graph has come down there on and is struggling to cement his cement while donning the white jersey.
Failing to make an impressive mark at home, Jennings has failed at home, as his highest score was 48 in total eight innings.
Against Faf du Plessis-led Proteas, Jennings scored 127 runs in eight innings, as he clearly struggled against the pace and bounce, as his technique was further questioned by former Australian bowler Damien Fleming.
Moreover, the Durham-born 30-year-old left-handed batsman Mark Stoneman has replaced Jennings in the 13-man squad for the Day-Night Test in their backyard.
Interestingly, since 2012 and following the retirement of former England skipper, Stoneman would become a 12th opening partner for ex-captain Cook, if he gets a game straight away.
The Surrey-based batsman Stoneman has played 146 first-class matches to earn the maiden Test call-up after averaging 34.76 in 256 innings, as his average is 34.76.
The Johannesburg-born Jennings has played six Tests in which he has scored meek 294 at the average of 24.50.
England will face Windies in the full-fledged bilateral series which is comprised of three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a solitary Twenty20 Internationals.
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