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Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes had grabbed a stunning catch. Image Courtesy: Getty

Watch: Keaton Jennings, Ben Foakes Combine to Pull off a Stunning Catch

England defeated Sri Lanka by 57 runs in the second Test match at Pallekele to claim their second win in the ongoing series. Meanwhile, England’s Keaton Jennings combined with wicketkeeper, Ben Foakes to take a spectacular relay catch to dismiss Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne on day fourth.

Jennings-Foakes grab a stunner!

However, after the introduction of the T20 format, one could see many adventurous catches getting grabbed on the field. Moreover, the grab on day four had the world taking, as many of the experts called it as the craziest catch they have ever seen.

Now, speaking of it, it was a combined effort which helped bowler Adil Rashid have a wicket to his name. Meanwhile, Rashid first flighted the delivery, which Karunaratne thought would sweep, and put it in the gap. However, it wasn’t the case, as Keaton Jennings seemed to have read the batsman’s mind and acted accordingly.

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Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes grabbed a stunner. Image Courtesy: Getty

Karunaratne played the shot, Jennings had already made a move and tried catching it but failed only to see wicketkeeper Ben Foakes take a relay catch and dismiss the batsman. Meanwhile, the look on Karunaratne’s face showed how gutted he was playing that shot and getting out eventually.

Meanwhile, chasing 301, the hosts fell short by 57 runs the pressure built by the England bowlers was way too much to handle. However, Karunaratne’s wicket was the most significant blow for their team, and after that, they kept losing wickets at regular interval. Angelo Mathews added some vital 88 runs in the middle, as he tried to put Sri Lanka in control but couldn’t get support from the lower middle order.

Also, Jack Leach was the pick of the bowlers, as he took a five-wicket haul. Furthermore, Joe Root slammed his 15th Test century after scoring 124 runs in the second innings and helped his side to post a strong total.

Here is the video:

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Keaton Jennings' place in the England Test team is under some concern. Image Courtesy: Getty

Keaton Jennings Will be a Bit Nervous – Trevor Bayliss

England opener Keaton Jennings will have sleepless nights at the moment. Even though his side recently wrapped up the Test series against India, his spot is under threat. The opener had a regular home series where he failed to reach the fifty-run mark even once. England will now travel to Sri Lanka, and the squad is yet to get announced.

However, England head coach, Trevor Bayliss stated Jennings would be anxious to know whether he will make the cut for the tour to the Island nation or not.

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Keaton Jennings’ place in the Test side is under the hammer. Image Courtesy: Getty

Initially, the batter scored a hundred against India on debut in Mumbai but failed to capitalise after that. According to former England skipper Naseer Hussain, Jennings shouldn’t be picked for the series against Sri Lanka.

Keaton Jennings’ strong game against spin

However, his skill-set, especially against spin, might work in his favour. The southpaw hasn’t scored a ton in the last couple of years.

“I’m sure he will be a bit nervous about which way it will go. He scored runs in India on spinning wickets, and I’m sure that will be in his favour,” British media quoted Bayliss as saying.

“But he is a big boy. He knows runs on the board count as well. All of those points will have to be discussed, and I can’t say at this stage or another whether he will go or not,” he added.

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Trevor Bayliss says Keaton Jennings would nervous to know about his selection for the Sri Lanka tour. Image Courtesy: Getty

England will play five ODIs and a lone T20I game ahead of the Test series. The visitors will be without the service of Alastair Cook for the first time in over a decade. The 33-year-old called time on his career and played his last game against India at The Oval.

The left-hander scored 71 and 147 to earn a fitting farewell. He will be seen playing County cricket in the upcoming season for Essex.

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Keaton Jennings (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

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.

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Keaton Jennings. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Eng vs Ind 2018: Keaton Jennings Has Played his Last Innings for a While – Harbhajan Singh

India’s off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes England’s opener Keaton Jennings has played his innings for his team for a while. Jennings has failed to impress as he has scored only 163 runs at a mere average of 18.11. In fact, Jennings technique has also come under the scanner as he hardly moves his feet. Thus, the selections doors can close for Jennings for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Jennings had shown the right promise when he scored a century against India in latter’s own conditions on his debut. Thus, he had shown the fight to do well in the spinning conditions.

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Keaton Jennings. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Consequently, Keaton Jennings will need to perform consistently in the County season to hold on to his opening position.

On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh is also excited to see Alastair Cook bat for the last time for the England team.

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Cook has been instrumental in the success of England over the years as he has consistently scored runs. In fact, Cook has done well in his last Test match as he had scored a fine 71 in the first innings. Furthermore, the veteran southpaw batsman is batting unbeaten on 46 runs in the second innings.

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Alastair Cook. Getty Images

England has put their noses in front again as they are leading by 154 runs and have eight wickets in hand. The hosts have already sealed the series by 3-1 and would like to finish the series on a high.

Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter to share his thoughts. Bhajji post read as, “Cook playing his last inning for @ECB_cricket I think Jennings also played his last inning for England for a while at least @SkyCricket 5th Test #ENGvIND what r ur thoughts, guys ??

Here is the Turbanator post:

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England vs India 2018: Twitter Reacts as the Opening Session Ends in Stalemate

England scored 86 runs and lost three wickets in the opening session of Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Test match at Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Thus, the locals had a better session as they kept the Indian bowlers at bay.

There wasn’t much in the pitch for the Indian fast bowlers and Ravichandran Ashwin could not made use of the bowler’s footmarks as he looked toothless. However, Jasprit Bumrah who has impressed with his accurate line and length was able to produce the first wicket. Bumrah produced the outside edge of Alastair Cook which was taken in the third attempt by KL Rahul.

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India celebrates their wicket.  (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Joe Root and Keaton Jennings put together a fine partnership.

Moeen Ali who had breathed down the neck of the Indian batsmen was promoted to the third place in the batting order. Ali bats at number three for his County, Worcestershire. However, the southpaw batsman could not carry forward his bowling confidence in his batting.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma received two warnings for getting his backfoot in the restricted area. However, Ishant provided the second breakthrough as Ali’s outside edge was brilliantly taken by KL Rahul. Subsequently, Karnataka player dived low to his right and plunged on to a fine catch.

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Joe Root. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

India was able to get the wicket of Keaton Jennings at the stroke of Lunch.

In fact, KL Rahul has been brilliant in the slip cordon and continues to digest some brilliant catches.

However, Joe Root and Keaton Jennings were able to keep Indian bowlers at bay. The England opener Jennings slowly started gaining confidence as he found his touch.

The pair was able to add more than 50 runs to put England noses back in front. However, Mohammad Shami was able to provide the much-needed breakthrough as plumbed Keaton Jennings in front of the wickets. In fact, the ball kept slightly low as Jennings was dismissed after scoring 36.

Here is how Twitter to the first session on Day 3 of the fourth Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Jennings cool with Virat Kohli's 'mic drop' celebration

Jennings cool with Virat Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ celebration

Birmingham, Aug 2: England opener Keaton Jennings says he is “cool” with Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ celebration after his teammate Joe Root’s dismissal in the opening Test here as everyone is entitled to do it their own way.

Kohli’s celebration of Root’s dismissal with a ‘mic drop’ gesture, mocking the bat drop by the Englishman to celebrate a hundred during the ODI series, added a bit of spice to the proceedings yesterday.

The Indian skipper ran out Root (80) with a direct hit when the home player was attempting to pull off a risky second single in the 63rd over.

“It’s fine. Everybody is entitled to celebrate how they want to. He celebrated, and that’s cool,” Jennings said at the end of day’s play, playing down the incident.

Reflecting on the English batting, which collapsed from 216 for 4 to 285 for 9 at the d draw of stumps, Jennings said the hosts missed an opportunity but can still make it up.

R Ashwin was the star for India with figures of 4-60.

“If we can come out and be pretty relentless in the way we go about hitting our areas, at some point, you don’t actually know what a good score is until both sides have batted,” Jennings said.

Jennings lauded Root for his knock, the end of which triggered the home team collase.

“Root played fantastically well. The way he goes about constructing his innings, builds it, communicates with me as a young cricketer, it is absolutely phenomenal. Having batted with him today, he’s taught me a hell of a lot, which is awesome, just to watch a master at his work.

“He’s a fantastic player, fantastic guy and to watch him go about building a Test innings on a pretty tough surface was pretty good. I suppose it’s pretty disappointing for him personally not to go on and get a really big score,” he said.

With Alastair Cook falling cheaply, Jennings put on 72 runs with Root but fell after lunch when he was distracted by a pigeon on the adjacent pitch one ball earlier.

“I obviously made an error, misjudged the ball, and it ended up in my stumps, and that’s the way it is. I don’t blame the pigeon at all,” he quipped.

“Thirty overs before, people were standing up behind the bowler’s arm, you could say that distracted me as well. You re-focus, go through your own method, your own process between each ball.

“I wouldn’t say it distracted me at all. It just happens to be the ball before I got out, and suddenly there’s a huge hoo-hah about the pigeon,” he laughed it off.

Ashwin took charge of the day’s proceedings for India. While Jennings praised the spinner, he couldn’t commit whether both teams were wrong in going with only one spinner in their line-ups.

“Ashwin is a very good bowler. He lands the ball in the right area, varies his pace, in India, I suppose there are more balls that can get you out, with the surfaces turning. He bowled nicely today,” he said.

“We come up with a gameplan to play off-spinners, left-handers he bowled a good ball to Cook this morning, which maybe came down to a little bit of tackiness in the surface,” he added.

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Keaton Jennings (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England vs India 2018: 1st Test Match, Edgbaston – Lunch Report

England dominated the first session of day one of Edgbaston Test, as they scored 83 runs for the loss of one wicket. Joe Root decided to bat first after winning the toss.

India’s pace battery, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav could not get their line and length at the right place.

However, Ravichandran Ashwin was able to scalp the wicket of Alastair Cook. In fact, this was the eighth time when Ashwin was able to take the wicket of Cook in the red-ball version.

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Keaton Jennings of England bats during the Specsavers 1st Test between England and India at Edgbaston on August 1, 2018, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England won the first session of the series.

The southpaw opener Keaton Jennings was given a second life when Ajinkya Rahane bungled a catch when the batsman was on just nine runs. However, the left-hander finished, as the leading run-scorer in the session with 38 runs to his name off 77 balls.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami was right on the money with his line and length. Shami was able to get the maximum balls in the corridor of uncertainty and asked difficult questions to England batters.

Ravichandra Ashwin
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: India bowler Ravi Ashwin celebrates after bowling Alastair Cook during day one of the First Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston on August 1, 2018, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

However, Keaton Jennings and skipper Joe Root were able to get a good partnership going, as they took hosts to 83 runs. The pair was also able to bring their 50-runs partnership as well. Root is currently unconquered on 31 runs off 63 balls.

Meanwhile, Indian bowlers must hit the right line and length to savour success. However, Ashwin was more threatening against the left-handed batsmen.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli dropped Cheteshwar Pujara, as he continued to surprise with his selection. Pujara didn’t have the best of County season, as he scored 172 runs for Yorkshire.

Brief Scores:

England: 83-1.

Keaton Jennings 38* off 77 balls, Joe Root 31* off 63 balls.

Ravichandran Ashwin: 7-2-13-1

Ajinkya Rahane
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: England is dropped at slip during day one of the First Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston on August 1, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

ENG vs IND 2018: Watch – Ajinkya Rahane Drops a Catch in Slip Cordon

Indian Test deputy, Ajinkya Rahane dropped a catch while fielding at the fourth slip on day one of the Edgbaston Test against England.

Ishant Sharma was able to produce the outside edge of Keaton Jennings bat. However, Rahane could not hold on to his chance.

Rahane dived to his right but bungled in his attempt. In fact, it should have held by Rahane, as he got both hands to the ball. However, there is no denying the fact that Ajinkya Rahane is India’s best slip fielder in the recent past.

Ajinkya Rahane
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: England is dropped at slip during day one of the First Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston on August 1, 2018, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Rahane could not hold on to his chance.

They say, catches win you matches. Thus, it is pivotal for Indian fielders to take anything that comes towards them. Consequently, it is imperative to back the bowlers for their efforts.

Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli again made a surprising selection decision. Kohli dropped Chesteshwar Pujara to get KL Rahul in the batting line-up.

Pujara didn’t have the best of County seasons in which he scored 172 runs while playing for the Yorkshire.

Ravichandra Ashwin
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: India bowler Ravi Ashwin celebrates after bowling Alastair Cook during day one of the First Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston on August 1, 2018, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Thus, Pujara had to pay the price for his poor form. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin was able to take the crucial wicket of Alastair Cook in the first session itself.

In fact, this was the eighth time that Ashwin was able to get the better off the experienced England batsman. Furthermore, there is something for the spinners on the pitch to keep Ravichandran Ashwin interested.

Meanwhile, England has got off to a cautious start, as they are currently passed the fifty-run mark for the loss of one wicket.

However, Indian seamers have lacked the discipline in their line and length. Umesh Yadav was expensive in his first spell, whereas, Ishant Sharma has veered off the track.

Here is the video of Ajinkya Rahane’s fumbled catch:

Mark Wood. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Westley, Wood and Jennings Included in England Lions Squad

Three young English players Tom Westley, Mark Wood and Keaton Jennings have been named in the England Lions squad which will travel to Australia for a training camp in November and December. The trio has already played Test cricket for the national team this summer and will be in line to play the Ashes if they are required. Westley was one of the stars during Essex’s triumphant campaign in the County Championship and was rewarded with a call-up alongside Dan Lawrence and Jamie Porter.

Ben Duckett has also been part of the national team in the past but was removed from the squad during England’s tour of India in 2016 where he struggled to pick Ravichandran Ashwin and failed prey to the offie on five occasions. Another member of the squad with international experience is Liam Livingstone. Meanwhile, Porter and Lawrence made debut for England Lions this season, and the English selectors have named four new players who are yet to play for the Lions- Dom Bess, Alex Davies, Paul Coughlin and Amar Virdi.

National selector James Whitaker said:

“This camp provides an opportunity for emerging young talent and some players with international experience to work hard on their game in Australia, in excellent facilities, under the guidance of Andy Flower and our other head coaches. The players selected have a range of experience, and we believe they are an exciting group.”

“This is a great chance for them to impress before we select another Lions squad for the games against West Indies A in the second half of the winter. We would expect a number of other players to be in contention for that squad – for example Haseeb Hameed was not considered for the Australia camp to avoid him having to rush back from the injury he suffered recently playing for Lancashire.”

The Lions squad will spend a week at the Performance Centre in Loughborough before flying to Brisbane on November 14 for a two-week camp with the focus on the red ball. They will be playing a 3-day match against a Queensland XI at the Allan Border Oval from 27th to 29th November.


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.

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Keaton Jennings century in his Debut Test against India in Mumbai. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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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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