Jennings no certainty for Sri Lanka

13 September 2018 07:09:44 EST

Opening batsman Keaton Jennings has been offered no certainties about being selected for England's winter tour of Sri Lanka, despite the recent retirement of Alastair Cook.

With his fellow left-hander having called time at the completion of the home Test series against India, Jennings remains the sole opener in place ahead of the winter action.

I'm sure he will be a bit nervous about which way it will go.

Trevor Bayliss

However, the 26-year-old has struggled to put runs on the board since his recall to the Test side earlier this summer, failing to register a half-century in ten innings against Pakistan and India.

In his favour, though, Jennings did register a century on his Test debut against India in Mumbai in December 2016, a fact which holds some importance for Three Lions head coach Trevor Bayliss.

The Australian told reporters: "We have a selection meeting in a week's time and I am sure it will be discussed.

"I'm sure he will be a bit nervous about which way it will go. His history will be in his favour - he scored runs in India on spinning wickets.

"But he is a big boy and he knows runs on the board count as well. All of those points will have to be discussed and I can't say at this stage whether he will go or not."

To date Jennings has played in 12 Test matches and has made 486 runs at an average of 22.09, making one century and one 50.

Rory Burns of Surrey, the leading run-scorer in County Championship Division One this summer, is the leading candidate to take over from the retired Cook.

Meanwhile, England are 1/3 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil and are 9/2 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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