Nasser Hussain believes Keaton Jennings will come good against India.
The South African-born England opening batsman’s position has come under scrutiny after scores of 42, 8, 11, 20 and 13 in the Test series against India.
Writing in a Sky Sports column, the former England captain has called on the England selectors to keep the faith in Jennings for the fourth Test against India in Southampton next Thursday.
‘Personally, I’d give Jennings another go at the Ageas Bowl; five Test matches ago, he was good enough to come back in and, being ‘old-school’, I would rather give a player one game too many than one too few.
‘If the selectors drop Jennings twice in as many years, he’ll find it very difficult to come back again.’
Jennings scored a century on his Test debut against India in Mumbai and a fifty in the following Test, but since then has not scored a half-century for England. After 10 Tests, he has scored just 417 runs at an average of 23.16.
‘Keaton is now getting out in exactly the same way as he did in the first stage of his career,’ wrote Hussain.
The England slip cordon (which includes Jennings) has also been guilty of putting down some number of catches, and this proved costly in the third Test, which has added to the pressure on Jennings.
England has recalled batsman James Vince to the squad as cover for Jonny Bairstow if his fractured finger prevents him from playing in the fourth Test against India. Jos Buttler will retain the gloves and fill the wicketkeeper-batsman role he filled after Bairstow injured himself at Trent Bridge.
England lead the series 2-1, with two matches to play.
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