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England Recall Keaton Jennings for Pakistan Finale

AFP | Updated: May 28, 2018, 2:28 PM IST
England Recall Keaton Jennings for Pakistan Finale

Keaton Jennings scored a century on Test debut at Mumbai (AP Photo)

London: England have recalled Keaton Jennings in place of struggling opener Mark Stoneman for the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley starting on Friday.

That was the only change to a 12-man squad announced by England on Monday after Pakistan went 1-0 up in this two-match series with an emphatic nine-wicket win completed inside four days at Lord's.

Stoneman, who has been short of runs for Surrey so far this season, managed just 13 in total across two innings during the first Test.

Joe Root has insisted his side can bounce back in the second and final Test against Pakistan at Headingley next week after a humiliating loss in the series-opener at Lord's.

Pakistan completed a nine-wicket win inside four days on Sunday as England suffered their sixth defeat in eight Tests.

What made this latest reverse all the more embarrassing for England is that they are traditionally tough to beat at home in May, with many touring sides struggling to adjust when typically English conditions -- overcast skies and green-tinged pitches -- are at their most pronounced.

Yet it was Pakistan, fresh from a trio of county warm-up matches and a five-wicket win over Test debutants Ireland in Dublin, who looked as if they were the home side.

Their seam bowlers maintained a disciplined line and length as England, suffering their latest batting collapse, slumped to a meagre 184 all out in the first innings after Root won the toss.

England's second innings was following a similar path at 110 for six before a century stand between Jos Buttler and Test debutant Dominic Bess prevented an even greater margin of defeat.
England squad to play Pakistan in the second Test at Headingley on June 1-5: Alastair Cook (Essex), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Dominic Bess (Somerset), Mark Wood (Durham), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
First Published: May 28, 2018, 2:28 PM IST

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