Keaton Jennings fails accounting exam to play trial cricket for England

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Keaton Jennings, had booked a train to London to sit for an accounting exam, but was instead called in to play England’s second test against Pakistan at Headingley.

Keaton Jennings will come out to open the sleeves with Alastair Cook when England face Pakistan in the second test from June 1. (Photo: Reuters)

STRONG POINTS

  • Keaton Jennings scored 100 against India on Test debut in 2016
  • He last played for England in the Manchester Test against South Africa in 2017
  • The 25-year-old has been called up to replace an out of form Mark Stoneman

Keaton Jennings was supposed to take an accounting exam on May 30. Instead, the 25-year-old was training with the England test team preparing for the second game against Pakistan at Headingley.

Jennings will come out to open the sleeves with Alastair Cook on June 1 as England look to bounce back after losing the Lord’s Test last week.

Jennings had previously booked a train to London for his test, but was told he would play a test instead, at the 11th hour. But of course there is no regrets.

“I had booked my train to London to write a three-hour accounting article. It’s two books less! But that’s life. I wouldn’t change that for the world,” he said. declared.

“I want to play with a happy heart and a big smile on my face,” he said on the eve of the Test.

“I want to enjoy this week. This might be the last test I play – so I really want to enjoy the feeling.”

Jennings’ recall is the only change to the 12-man squad for the second test at Headingley, which begins Friday, which the hosts must win to tie the two-game series. Stoneman went clear in both innings at Lord’s, scoring four and nine.

Jennings, 25, made six tests for England, the last of them in August 2017 against South Africa.

“Keaton Jennings showed a strong temper, scoring a hundred on his test debut against India in December 2016,” National coach Ed Smith said in a statement on Monday.

“Keaton has returned to good form in County Cricket this season, including three centuries in his last seven innings (two in the County Championship Premier League, one in the Royal London One-Day Cup).

“Mark Stoneman is out at Headingley. Mark had a disappointing start to the 2018 season and had a tough test match at Lord’s.”

Versatile fast bowler Chris Woakes was part of Lord’s 12-man squad but missed the selection for the starting XI.

(With Reuters entries)

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