England vs West Indies: Ben Stokes backs axed opener Keaton Jennings to return to form

Jennings managed just 127 runs in eight innings during England's 3-1 series win over South Africa and was replaced by Mark Stoneman in the 13-man squad to face the Caribbeans from Thursday.

Reuters, August 11, 2017

London: Ben Stokes has backed Keaton Jennings to return to form after the opening batsman was dropped from England's squad to face West Indies in next week's day-night Test at Edgbaston.

The 25-year-old Jennings managed just 127 runs in eight innings during England's 3-1 series win over South Africa and was replaced by Mark Stoneman in the 13-man squad to face the Caribbeans from Thursday.

England's Keaton Jennings leaves the pitch after being caught off the bowling of South Africa's Vernon Philander on the first day of the third test match between England and South Africa at The Oval cricket ground in London, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Keaton Jennings leaves the pitch after being dismissed on Day 1 of the third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval. AP

"He hasn't had the best of series. He would have known that and been disappointed," all-rounder Stokes told Sky Sports.

"From the amount of runs he has got over the last two seasons playing for Durham, and getting 100 in his first England innings, he knows that he can do it."

Lefthander Jennings scored 112 on his Test debut in India last December and followed it up with a half-century in the next Test against the world's top-ranked side.

But he has failed to show the same level of consistency since, with 48 his highest score in the four-Test home series against South Africa.

Jennings will return to Durham and look to recapture the form that earned him selection.

Surrey batsman Stoneman is set to make his debut at Edgbaston and the 30-year-old will become former captain Alastair Cook's 12th opening partner since the retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012.

England also called up 20-year-old Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane for the first time in the longest format after he made his Twenty20 international debut in June.

Paceman Chris Woakes has recovered fully from the side strain he suffered during the Champions Trophy and returned to the squad in place of Steven Finn.

England will host West Indies for two more Tests followed by a one-off T20 and a four-match one-day international series.

Updated Date: Aug 11, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 3182 91
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6298 126
2 India 5743 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3391 103
6 Australia 3699 100
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3972 132
2 India 4601 124
3 Australia 2570 122
4 England 2448 117
5 New Zealand 2542 116
6 South Africa 2058 114