England drop Stoneman, recall Jennings for second Test

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London, May 28 (IANS) In the aftermath of the humiliating nine-wicket defeat to Pakistan in the opening Test at Lord’s, England selectors on Monday recalled opener Keaton Jennings for the second Test at Headingley, while dropping an off-colour Mark Stoneman from the squad.

Jennings, 25, scored a century on his Test debut against India in Mumbai but lost his place midway through last season after struggling to build on that early milestone.

Stoneman failed twice at Lord’s — bowled by Mohammad Abbas in the first innings and defeated by a ball that kept low from Shadab Khan in the second — in a display bereft of confidence.

“Keaton Jennings showed a strong temperament in scoring a hundred on his Test match debut against India in December 2016,” national selector Ed Smith said.

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“Keaton has found good form in county cricket this season, including three centuries in his last seven innings.”

“Mark Stoneman misses out at Headingley. Mark has experienced a disappointing start to the 2018 season and had a difficult Test match at Lord’s,” Smith added.

Trailing 0-1 in the two-match series, the hosts will attempt to square it off with a win in the second Test that starts at the Headingley Cricket Ground on June 1.

England squad: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (Captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes.

–IANS

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