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England drop Keaton Jennings and bring in Joe Denly for Test debut

Adil Rashid has missed out on a spot in the 12-man squad for the second Test.

Keaton Jennings is out of England’s 12-man squad for the second Test (John Walton/PA)
Keaton Jennings is out of England’s 12-man squad for the second Test (John Walton/PA)

England have dropped out-of-form opener Keaton Jennings for the second Test against the West Indies with the uncapped Joe Denly taking his place.

Denly, 32, bats at number three for Kent but will open the innings in Antigua as a direct replacement for Jennings, who pays the price for a sequence of low scores and an average that has now dipped below 26.

Captain Joe Root announced the change on the eve of the second Test, with Jack Leach also recalled to a 12-man squad in place of Adil Rashid.

Denly made his first international appearance in almost a decade in a solitary Twenty20 win over Sri Lanka before Christmas, taking the man-of-the-match award predominantly for his four-wicket haul.

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Joe Denly is uncapped at Test level (John Walton/PA)

His leg-spin could also come in handy at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium but it is at the top of the order that he will be expected to contribute most.

Root said at a press conference: “Joe is going to make his debut and open the batting.

“It’s disappointing for Keaton, he’s done some very good things and he’ll continue to keep developing.

“He’s very much a part of the squad moving forward but it’s a great opportunity for Joe.”

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