Why is Jennings feeling confident ahead of his Test comeback?

Keaton Jennings address technical issues batting England Pakistan 2nd Test Headingley cricket

Keaton Jennings: “I have come up with a huge variety of challenges, I have tried to address as much as I can”

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England opener Keaton Jennings confirmed that he has addressed the technical flaws with his batting ahead of his Test return.

Jennings was recalled to the Test team for the second Test against Pakistan at Headingley on Friday at the expense of fellow opener Mark Stoneman, who scored four and nine in the first Test at Lord’s.

Jennings last played for England in August last year, but after taking into account and fixing all the issues with his batting, he is determined to shine on Friday, especially as England are 1-0 down in the series as they lost the first Test by nine wickets.

“I have moved away to address certain issues not only technically but in my life in the way I have gone about things,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “It has been an interesting eight months or so for myself from having played in the South African series to going away to Australia with the Lions, to the West Indies.

“I have come up with a huge variety of challenges, I have tried to address as much as I can. I suppose at the end of the week there will be more talk about anything technical. If changes have worked and there are runs on the board then great, if not then I suppose there will be more addressing to be done.”

Jennings added that he is looking forward to teaming up with Alastair Cook at the top of the order since the 33-year-old is usually calm and composed when facing the new ball.

“It [opening the batting] is one of the toughest jobs in and around playing Test cricket, especially in England,” he said. “When you look at the new ball it’s a pretty crucial phase of playing four-day and Test cricket. It is tough and that’s what makes a guy like Cookie invaluable to any environment.”

Meanwhile, Jennings also made it clear that the team haven’t been affected by the allegations that spot-fixing occurred during their Test match against India in Chennai in December 2016.

The claims were made in an Al Jazeera documentary called “Cricket’s Match Fixers“.

“I’ve walked in as a fresh face not having been part of the last game and I don’t think it has made any difference to the way the guys have prepared,” Jennings said. “Obviously we deny everything that’s been said but from my personal view I don’t think it has made any difference.

“I wasn’t aware of anything at the time, we think it is complete rubbish.

“The mood in the camp has been awesome, catching up with the guys last night was pretty cool. There was a nice sort of buzz around the guys at breakfast this morning, it was really nice.”

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