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England drop Foakes as Jennings is recalled

8th February 2019, 18:35 by Neil Foster

Keaton Jennings has been recalled but wicket-keeper Ben Foakes has been dropped for England's final Test against West Indies.

The Three Lions have already lost the three-match series after heavy defeats in Barbados and Antigua but they will hope to salvage some pride when battle lines are drawn in St Lucia on Saturday.

Jennings was dropped for the second Test after failing to shine in Barbados but will play at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.

Foakes has been the fall guy after making little contribution with the bat to date, meaning Jonny Bairstow will take the gloves once again.

There was an injury doubt over all-rounder Ben stokes but he has been included in the squad, while seamers Mark Wood and Sam Curran have also been named in the party.

Chris Woakes' knee problem means he is unavailable for selection.

Foakes made a century on his Test debut in Sri Lanka but has struggled with the bat in the Caribbean and captain Joe Root admits that the experiment of playing three keepers has not really worked.

"We came away this winter trying to do things differently and find ways of winning away from home," he told the BBC. "We had great success in Sri Lanka and it's not quite materialised here.

"Whether that be down to selection or how poorly we've played in parts, you have to see it for what it is and how you can best move that forward."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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