Keaton Jennings retained for fifth Test against India

London: England have retained left-hand batsman Keaton Jennings in their 13-member squad for the final Test of the ongoing five-match series against India, beginning September 7 at the Oval.

Jennings, who made a total of 159 runs in his last eight innings with a meagre average of 19.87, has been recalled on the back of his battling effort of 36 runs during the second innings of the fourth Test match in Southampton, ESPNcricinfo.com reported.

Batting all-rounder Chris Woakes, who missed the last Test owing to a knee injury, has also been given a place in the 13-member squad. He had impressed the national selectors with an impressive knock of 137 runs during the second Test at Lord’s.

The probable names of youngsters like James Vince and Jamie porter were missing from the squad indicating towards a more cautious approach of the English side ahead of the last Test.
The Oval Test holds significance not only for the English side but for the cricket lovers all over the world as it will be the last match of the cricketing legend Alastair Cook.

The former England skipper recently announced that he would call curtains on his international career following the fifth and final Test against India at Oval.

India and England are slated to play their final Test from September 7 to September 11.

The full England squad for the fifth Test is as follows:

Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.