England in West Indies: Tourists recall Keaton Jennings and drop Ben Foakes

Ben Foakes made his England Take a look at debut in Sri Lanka in November 2018
West Indies v England, third Take a look at
Venue: Darren Sammy Stadium, St Lucia Dates: 9-13 February
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England luxuriate in dropped wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and recalled Keaton Jennings for the last Take a look at in opposition to West Indies, which begins on Saturday.

Foakes, who didn’t take care of in the second Take a look at after injuring his hand, became match to play in St Lucia nonetheless has no longer been named in the 12-man squad.

Opener Jennings became dropped for the second Take a look at in Antigua for Joe Denly.

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who omitted Thursday’s practising with a bruised heel, has also been included.

Jonny Bairstow, who has batted at three since Foakes made his debut in November, will take care of wicket.

Seamers Model Wood and Sam Curran had been named in the squad, nonetheless Chris Woakes became no longer on hand for selection thanks to a knee distress.

West Indies luxuriate in an unassailable 2-0 lead after their emphatic 10-wicket victory in Antigua.

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Foakes made a century on his Take a look at debut in Sri Lanka nonetheless has registered rankings of two, five, 35 and 13 on the Caribbean tour.

Jennings has played 16 Take a look at suits on the tip of the expose for England and averages 25.86 with the bat.

His inclusion formula Denly, who opened with Rory Burns in Antigua, could perhaps well pass to just a few, with Bairstow batting decrease down the expose.

“We came away this cold weather attempting to make issues otherwise and obtain ideas of a success away from dwelling,” captain Joe Root instantaneous BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

“We had big success in Sri Lanka [where England won 3-0] and or no longer it’s no longer pretty materialised right here.

“Whether or no longer that be down to selection or how poorly now we luxuriate in played in parts, or no longer you must glimpse it for what it’s a long way and the formula you presumably can most effective pass that forward.”

England arrived in the Caribbean having obtained eight of their previous nine Tests nonetheless it absolutely has been a disappointing tour, in particular for the batsmen.

Root’s facet luxuriate in suffered batting collapses in all four of their innings, along side being bowled out for genuine 77 in the first Take a look at in Barbados, sooner than shedding the second Take a look at inside of three days.

The 28-yr-feeble talked about England had been “desperate to reach away from this tour with something”.

“It be very easy to insist loads of time on particular person parts nonetheless or no longer you must be very valid with yourself and where you presumably can recover,” Root added.

“I focus on lots of it comes down to a psychological formula for my portion with the bat and I focus on that clarity coming into this game is unquestionably essential.”

England luxuriate in ideal the last Take a look at in opposition to West Indies and a four-day Take a look at in opposition to Eire in Would possibly perhaps per chance also unbiased to put collectively sooner than the house Ashes series in opposition to Australia begins on 1 August.


BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew in St Lucia

There shall be lots of sympathy for Foakes, who has barely build a foot infamous and accomplished plenty like minded since his name up in Sri Lanka.

However with Bairstow and Jos Buttler every compelling choices, a specialist wicketkeeper batting at eight became a luxurious.

Bairstow returns to the feature he has excelled at so the categorical ****** is on Jennings, who looked to had been sent into the prolonged grass.

Wood presents the ****** some chunk and the categorical damage distress is Stokes, who shall be assessed again in the morning. If he is dominated out, Sam Curran will play.

England squad for the last Take a look at in opposition to West Indies: Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Big, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings. Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Model Wood.

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