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Keaton Jennings replaces Mark Stoneman in England Test squad

Keaton Jennings replaces Mark Stoneman in England Test squad

Lancashire opening batsman Keaton Jennings has replaced Mark Stoneman in England’s squad for the second NatWest Test match against Pakistan, starting on Friday at Emerald Headingley.

Jennings, 25, returns to the Test squad for the first time since August last year, when he played in the series victory over South Africa. Since joining Lancashire from Durham last September, the left-handed batsman has averaged 43.79 in the Specsavers County Championship Division One, accumulating 314 runs and scoring two centuries. He also hit a century in the Royal London One-Day Cup against Notts Outlaws at Emirates Old Trafford.

Lancashire’s Director of Cricket, Paul Allott, said, “I am delighted for Keaton on his recall to the England Test squad.

“He’s been in excellent form in this year’s Specsavers County Championship with two centuries and he’s had the benefit of playing on some excellent Emirates Old Trafford pitches in the early stages of the season.

“He has worked hard on his game over the winter whilst he was away with the England Lions and at the start to the season with Lancashire. His selection is thoroughly deserved and everyone at the Club wishes him the best of luck and hopes that he scores plenty of runs on his return to Test cricket.”

National Selector, Ed Smith, added: “Keaton Jennings showed a strong temperament in scoring a hundred on his Test match debut against India in December 2016. Keaton has found good form in county cricket this season, including three centuries in his last seven innings (two in the First Division of the Specsavers County Championship, one in the Royal London One-Day Cup).

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

England second Test squad

Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain

Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) Wicketkeeper

Dom Bess (Somerset)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Alastair Cook (Essex)

Keaton Jennings (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Middlesex)

Ben Stokes (Durham)

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Mark Wood (Durham)

England will report to Leeds on Wednesday and will be aiming to draw the series having lost the first Test at Lord’s by nine wickets.

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