England’s Test match against the West Indies has continued to produce strange and spectacular moments.
This time it was batsman Keaton Jennings’ turn in the spotlight.
After only just earning a return to the English team, a regulation leg glance became a nightmare for the 26-year-old.
The ball ricocheted off his pads and onto his stumps, putting the under-fire batsman under yet more pressure.
West Indian bowler Alzarri Joseph barely reacted to the wicket, while all Jennings could do was smile in disbelief.
I see that the question that is Keaton Jennings remains unanswered
— Charis Pollard (@ACharisPollard) February 11, 2019
Best thing that could happen from an Australian point of view would be for Keaton Jennings to make a score here and book himself a place in the Ashes squad, because Hazlewood, Cummins and Co would have a field day with him at the top of the order #WIvENG
— Josh Conway (@BuzzConway_) February 10, 2019
Keaton Jennings, graft for 100 balls to drag one on off your legs, some things just aren't meant to be #WIvENG
— Liam Harrington (@JLHarrington16) February 11, 2019
Jennings was a controversial addition to the team for the third test.
He was called back into the team to replace Ben Foakes, who had consistently averaged more runs at test and first-class level.
After Jennings was dismissed cheaply in the first innings, former England captain Nasser Hussain said his return to the team was “cruel” on the part of the English selectors.
“This lad is now horribly out of nick, and what England have done to him there is, to a degree, cruel to him,” he said on Sky Sport.
“He can’t bat at the moment, he can’t drive at the moment, he hasn’t got any runs out here, he hasn’t played in the last game, there are no games in-between, the preparation has been poor, and you say to him ‘go on, go out there again.’
“It is loose batting, he can’t drive the ball. It is very ordinary selection, there was nothing about that innings today that made any kind of sense. It was an absolute horror show.”
England in command
A century from Joe Root helped England to a 448-run lead at stumps on day three of the third Test against the West Indies.
Though Jennings and fellow opener Rory Burns were dismissed cheaply, Joe Denly added 69 in a positive development ahead of the upcoming Ashes series.
Root joins Mike Atherton, Graham Thorpe and Herbert Sutcliffe in notching his 16th ton.