Keaton Jennings recalled by England as Mark Stoneman is dropped
England have axed the out-of-form opener.
England have recalled Keaton Jennings in place of out-of-form opener Mark Stoneman for the second NatWest Test at Headingley.
The hosts announced the only change to a 12-man squad early on Monday morning, following their nine-wicket defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s.
Stoneman, short of runs for Surrey at the start of this summer, could muster just 13 in two innings in the first Test.
Twenty-five-year-old Jennings, who averaged 24.50 after the last of his six Tests almost 10 months ago – when he was replaced by Stoneman – has started his season well, hitting two Specsavers County Championship centuries already and averaging almost 44 for his new club Lancashire.
National selector Ed Smith said: “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 county championship, one in the Royal London Cup).”
Stoneman’s opening partnership with national all-time record runscorer Alastair Cook has become the least fruitful in England’s history, with a current output of less than 19 runs for each stand.
Smith said: “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 must win the second Test, which begins on Friday, to avoid series defeat.
– England squad (v Pakistan at Headingley, starting on June 1): JE Root (Captain), AN Cook, KK Jennings, DJ Malan, JM Bairstow (wkt), BA Stokes, JC Buttler, CR Woakes, DM Bess, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, MA Wood