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Keaton Jennings shipwrecked amid a storm of failure by England’s top order | Andy Bull


The manner of the opener’s dismissal in the first innings of the fourth Test against India highlighted a player whose ability to make decisions is hampered by the mental pressure he is under

Back when Keaton Jennings was a coming man, he was one of a group of English players picked to take part in a military training camp. One of the tasks, Jennings said then, was that the players had to fix a broken boat during a storm.

Turns out that while this may have been good metaphorical preparation for the experience of playing in this England team, it was less help getting him ready for the actual business of Test match batting. Jennings made such a strong impression at that camp England earmarked him as a candidate to be Test captain. Two years later, he is barely hanging on to his place in the team.

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