I Would Not Pick Keaton Jennings for Sri Lanka Tour - Nasser Hussain
Keaton Jennings, England vs India 2018
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I Would Not Pick Keaton Jennings for Sri Lanka Tour – Nasser Hussain

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain said he would not pick Keaton Jennings in England’s squad for upcoming Sri Lanka tour. The southpaw opener scored 163 runs in ten innings at an average of 18.11 in the five-match series against India.

Meanwhile, Keaton Jennings has shown great promise while playing in the sub-continent conditions. The left-hander had scored a fine century on his debut against Indian in latter’s own conditions.

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Keaton Jennings didn’t impress.

However, the way he got out in the first innings wasn’t impressive. Virat Kohli placed a leg-slip for Jennings and the left-hander hit the ball straight to KL Rahul while facing Ravindra Jadeja. Thus, Nasser Hussain said he would not put Keaton Jennings on the flight to Sri Lanka.

“If you’d asked me before this game whether I’d have taken Jennings to Sri Lanka, I’ve had said yes. But his two dismissals here at The Oval have – reluctantly – changed my mind,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“He’s supposed to be a good player of spin, which is why England are keen to take him on tour, but to get out caught at leg slip, more or less off the face of the bat, was a dozy piece of cricket.

“The bowler Ravindra Jadeja often gets players out that way with his left-arm spin, so it was careless of Jennings – almost as if he’d forgotten the man was there.

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Jennings was also poor with his catching.

Meanwhile, Keaton Jennings has been poor in the slip cordon. Jennings has fielded with butterfingers as he fluffed many chances. Thus, Jennings needs to improve a lot.

“Jennings has also dropped a few catches this summer, including an easy one at silly point that would have polished India off for 260. I prefer to give a guy one game too many rather than one too few, and it’s certainly true that life for left-handed openers has been tough in England over the past couple of years. But I wouldn’t take him to Sri Lanka.

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“There are only so many opportunities being a good guy and a good team man – and supposedly a good player of spin – will buy you.”

England will play five One Day Internationals, one T20I and three Test matches on the Sri Lanka tour. The English team has risen to number four in the rankings and would like to put a better performance in the Island nation.