England opener Keaton Jennings is having a torrid time after failing to put up valuable scores in the series against India. With scores of 42,8,11,20,13,0,36,23 and 10, the southpaw didn’t do much favor for himself. The three Lions will now travel to Sri Lanka and the openings spots are debatable.
While England will miss the service of Alastair Cook, they have little time to shape up the opening spot. The 33-year-old retired from international cricket at The Oval. He made 71 and 147 in his final game and put up the onlu fifty-plus stand for the opening wicket with Jennings in the same game.
For Jennings, the season has been noting short of horrific. He managed to score mere 192 runs from 10 Test innings, with a top score of 42. According to former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, Jennings can’t really bat. He also feels replacing Cook will be a challenge.
Pietersen goes hard on Keaton Jennings
“Jennings can’t bat, I’m sorry. They are going to have to find somebody else,” he told Talksport. “Alastair Cook is a big loss. I know he’s been wishy-washy over the last couple of months but he finished on a fairytale ending, which is brilliant for him. But to replace that kind of guy at the top of the order is going to be difficult.
Pietersen mocks County Cricket
He also took a dig at the County structure, saying not many cricketers worth getting into the international level. “I just don’t see county cricket producing Test cricketers at the moment. The issue is deep-rooted. All the best players in the world now are not playing county cricket. They’re earning their cash in franchise cricket,” he added
The visitors will play a ODI series followed by an one-off T20I before heading to the red-ball format. For the time being, Jennings will be anxious to know if he makes the cut for the upcoming tour. A decent record against spin might well work in his favor.