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England head coach Trevor Bayliss has admitted that he is growing increasingly concerned about opener Keaton Jennings’ disappointing run of form with the bat.
Jennings did make an unbeaten 146 against Sri Lanka in Galle in November last year, but for the most part, he has not been able to get the job done when at the crease.
In the recently concluded first Test against the West Indies in Barbados, Jennings failed to have an impact as he registered scores of 17 and 14.
With the 26-year-old having been given numerous chances to prove his worth and coming up short a majority of the time, Bayliss conceded that the clock is ticking for Jennings.
“Keaton is struggling a little bit,” Bayliss was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “I’d be lying if I said we’re not worried about it and I’d be lying if I said he hadn’t been thinking about it.
“He’s one of the hardest workers we’ve got and he’s going to leave no stone unturned in making it better. Let’s wait and see.”
However, Bayliss also hinted that changes may occur in a number of positions, especially as England were skittled out for 77 in the first innings before being blown away by West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase, who took a career-best eight-for, in the second.
“We will have some thinking to do in a number of positions,” he said. “Every time we lose a wicket it [feels like] the beginning of a collapse.
“We will sit down, have a chat with the guys and try to get to the bottom of it. It’s not the first time that we’ve succumbed in a short space of time. The boys are in the dressing room hurting, I’d be worried if they weren’t.
“I think it gets down to a bit of guts and determination to get through those tough periods. They bowled extremely well against us, but when a team bowls extremely well against us we have got to be able to deal with it.”
England lost the first Test by 381 runs and will be looking to bounce back in the second Test, which begins on January 31 in Antigua.