West Indies vs England LIVE SCORECARD: Keaton Jennings falls cheaply after surprise recall as tourists battle for pride in third Test
- Keaton Jennings’ recall ended predictably as the opener was out driving loosely
- Rory Burns and Joe Denly scored slowly as England were 46 for one at lunch
- Tourists are playing for little more than pride after going 2-0 down in Antigua
TEA REPORT: A change of shape for England did not result in a change of fortune as their first innings in St Lucia took on an all-too-familiar pattern.
Despite reverting to a better-balanced line-up with specialist top-order players in their rightful positions, the personnel still crumbled against a West Indies pace attack missing the giant Jason Holder.
England took tea at 114 for four after the suspended Holder’s replacement Keemo Paul justified his recall ahead of the hulking fast bowler Oshane Thomas with two of the strikes.
Joe Root, who lost his third consecutive toss of the Wisden Trophy, compounded the misery of regular failures with the bat on this tour by cutting at a wide delivery from Alzarri Joseph 10 minutes shy of the second interval.
Keaton Jennings was gifted a couple of lives – two Tests after it appeared he had been put into cold storage as an international batsman – during a 43-ball stay that never looked convincing.
The series’ leading wicket-taker Kemar Roach could have dismissed him twice in three balls, in fact, shortly after a half-hour morning rain delay.
A failure to review a leg before appeal proving an error from Windies’ stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite. Then, an edge from the Lancashire left-hander burst through the hands of Roston Chase at third slip on its way to the boundary.
Keaton Jennings’ England recall ended predictably as the opener was out driving loosely
Jennings surprisingly returned to the side with England 2-0 down in the three Test series
It was a short-lived reprieve, though, as he flirted with the first delivery sent down by the recalled Paul, and was grabbed behind by Darren Bravo, immediately after a drinks break and a change of match ball.
England’s attempts to show greater application were laudable but Rory Burns and Joe Denly followed in successive overs after crawling along at two an over.
Both went leg before – Burns to a well-judged review after the skilful Paul shaped the ball in from wide of the crease, and Denly to an ill-judged one after Shannon Gabriel pinned him back.
Root survived a huge scare second ball when Paul swung one back in but he was gone before a delayed tea via an ambitious swish at a widish delivery from Joseph.
What was most depressing for Jennings, who has made two centuries in the sub-continent predominantly against spin, is that he was out driving loosely and is clearly not learning from his mistakes.