Ben Stokes backs Keaton Jennings to regain form with Durham

Keaton Jennings had an ordinary series against South Africa
Keaton Jennings had an ordinary series against South Africa
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All-rounder Ben Stokes has backed his Durham team-mate Keaton Jennings to find form and reclaim his place in the England squad.

Jennings, who featured in all the four Tests against South Africa in the recently concluded series managed just 127 runs at an average of 15.87 and a highest score of 48.

As a result, the 28-year-old was left out of the England squad for the upcoming first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston which will also be a day-night affair with Surrey opener Mark Stoneman taking his place.

Former Australian pacer Damien Fleming described the likes of Jennings and Tom Westley as 'worst ever' batsmen to play Test cricket but Stokes believes the former South African Under 19 international has all the credentials to return back to the national setup.

"He hasn't had the best of series. He would have known that and been disappointed," Stokes told Sky Sports.

"From the amount of runs he has got over the last two seasons playing for Durham, and getting 100 in his first England innings, he knows that he can do it."

Apart from the inclusion of Stoneman, the England selectors have also called up Mason Crane to the squad for the Edgbaston game while a fit Chris Woakes replaced Steven Finn.

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