Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Keaton Jennings and Liam Dawson called up to join England in India

With Haseeb Hameed having to fly home to England to have an operation on his finger and Zafeer Ansari with an ongoing back injury. England have had no choice but to call up some reinforcements before the 4th Test which starts in Mumbai on December 8th. Desperately back luck on Hameed.

Keaton Jennings who has had a excellent season with Durham was one of the few in the frame that was expected to get a telephone call, and that proved to be correct as he will now leave the Lions Squad in the UAE and he might be opening the batting in a few days time, that is a big step up.

The other phone call went to Liam Dawson and he has had some experience with the England team and is playing T20 cricket in Bangladesh so it kind of makes sense to call him up. He is "match fit" and acclimatised which is of course a big plus. 

I would really like to see Ben Duckett get another game, but I fear the batting issue that he has found in India, really needs to sorted out, and perhaps another failure wouldn't be the best way forward. But hopefully if he doesn't play again in India he will get another chance next summer. 

England still have a bit of thinking to do, they are off to Dubai on a short break which isn't a bad idea, then they will need to look at the pitch and access the fitness of players like Stuart Board before deciding on if 3 spinners is required in Mumbai. England showing signs they can win a game, but only signs, nothing really significant and sustained. They all need to improve.

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