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England have recalled opening batsman Keaton Jennings at the expense of Mark Stoneman for the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley.
Stoneman endured a difficult winter as during the Ashes against Australia, he scored 232 runs at an average of 25.77.
However, the 30-year-old fared a lot better in New Zealand as he accumulated 161 runs in the two-Test series, which included two fifties, at an average of 40.25.
But, given the fact that he only scored four and nine in the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s, the national selectors decided a change at the top of the order was necessary.
Jennings has represented England in the longest format before and even made a century on debut against India in Mumbai in December 2016.
However, after that spectacular knock of 112, everything started to go downhill for the 25-year-old as he scored just one half-century in his next five Tests.
As a result, he was dropped after the four-Test series against South Africa in August last year.
But, Jennings has been among the runs in the ongoing county season, where he plays for Lancashire.
In the County Championship, he has accumulated 314 runs in five matches, which includes two centuries, at an average of 44.85.
As for the Royal London One-Day Cup, he has amassed 306 runs in five games, which includes a hundred and two fifties, at an average of 76.50.
“Keaton Jennings showed a strong temperament in scoring a hundred on his Test match debut against India in December 2016,” national selector Ed Smith was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Keaton has found good form in county cricket this season, including three centuries in his last seven innings.
“Mark Stoneman misses out at Headingley. Mark has experienced a disappointing start to the 2018 season and had a difficult Test match at Lord’s.”
England lost the first Test by nine wickets and will look to bounce back and end the series as a 1-1 draw in the second Test, which begins on June 1.
England’s Test Squad: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Woakes