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HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings’ century vindicates Ed Smith’s selection


HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings’ century vindicates Ed Smith’s selection… but things remain much less rosy for Australian cricket

  • Keaton Jennings’ century in Galle was vindication for selector Ed Smith
  • Jennings had a wretched summer but Smith recognised he needed more time
  • Less than a quarter of Australia’s players replied to a survey about ball tampering

Ian Ladyman for MailOnline

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s IAN LADYMAN reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week. 

HOT

ED SMITH

Keaton Jennings’ century in Galle was vindication of Smith’s decision to select him. Jennings had a wretched summer but Smith recognised a talent that needed more time.

Just as his problems against India didn’t make Jennings a bad batsman, Smith will know that one century in Sri Lanka doesn’t make him the finished article either.

HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection' century in Galle was vindication for Ed Smith (above) who selected him

Keaton Jennings’ century in Galle was vindication for Ed Smith (above) who selected him

CHRIS ASHTON

The Sale wing is back in the England squad for the All Blacks game, an admission perhaps that Eddie Jones’ team struggles with the more expansive side of the game. 

‘Chris can sniff a try from anywhere,’ said Jones, a coach who has nevertheless not picked him during his three years in charge of the national team.

Sale wing Chris Ashton is back in the England squad for the All Blacks game on Saturday - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection

Sale wing Chris Ashton is back in the England squad for the All Blacks game on Saturday - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection

Sale wing Chris Ashton is back in the England squad for the All Blacks game on Saturday

RYAN MASON

The former Hull and Spurs player could have taken to his sofa after a head injury forced him to retire at only 26.

However Mason has impressed staff at Tottenham after being given the chance to help out with some coaching, and it is understood that it will not be long before a more permanent role at the club is discussed.

Ryan Mason has impressed at Tottenham after being given the chance to help  with coaching - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection

Ryan Mason has impressed at Tottenham after being given the chance to help  with coaching - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection

Ryan Mason has impressed at Tottenham after being given the chance to help with coaching

NOT

AUSTRALIAN CRICKET

Things sometimes have to get worse before they get better and here is the evidence. As part of the recent ‘ethics review’ into the state of the game Down Under, a questionnaire was sent to the Australian Test squad to ascertain how many knew about the ball tampering that led to the downfall of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. It has now emerged that less than a quarter of the players bothered to reply.

Less than a quarter of Australia - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection's players bothered to reply to a survey about ball tampering

Less than a quarter of Australia - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection's players bothered to reply to a survey about ball tampering

Less than a quarter of Australia’s players bothered to reply to a survey about ball tampering

TREVOR SINCLAIR

The former England player will hopefully rebuild his Match of the Day career after his recent problems but needs to be less sensitive about his beloved Manchester City.

Sinclair, who played 82 Premier League games for the club, thought the Raheem Sterling penalty incident was overblown by the media this week. It wasn’t, and had it taken place on a Saturday would have been perfect MOTD material.

Trevor Sinclair needs to be less sensitive about his beloved Manchester City - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection

Trevor Sinclair needs to be less sensitive about his beloved Manchester City - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection

Trevor Sinclair needs to be less sensitive about his beloved Manchester City

FORMULA ONE

So another race has been added to the most pointless and tedious competition in the whole of sport.

The Formula One calendar already has 21 events – I refuse to call them races – and a Vietnam fixture in 2020 will take that number to 22. Just think, 22 opportunities for cars to never overtake each other.

Formula One - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection's Vietnam Grand Prix is another opportunity for cars to never overtake each other

Formula One - HOT OR NOT: Keaton Jennings' Century Vindicates Ed Smith's Selection's Vietnam Grand Prix is another opportunity for cars to never overtake each other

Formula One’s Vietnam Grand Prix is another opportunity for cars to never overtake each other

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