Jennings says win would make it extra special

November 8, 2018

England opener Keaton Jennings says he is hopeful that his hundred will help the visors to defeat Sri Lanka in the series opener at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

A proud Jennings admitted that his performances in the English summer “had not been up to scratch” but hoped that his second-innings century at Galle would mark the start of greater things, both personally and for the England team.

Jennings, who finished unbeaten on 146 as England declared with a lead of 461, told Sky Sports at the close: “It’s a very special day for me personally, but a very special to be in such a good position in this Test match. Hopefully we can go on and win it.”

By his own admission, Jennings had been fortunate to make the cut for England’s Test series in Sri Lanka, having averaged 19.20 in six Tests against Pakistan and India this summer, with a highest score of 42. Having capitalised on Alastair Cook’s retirement to retain his place as the incumbent at the top of England’s batting order, Jennings found his form that he had shown on his Test debut against India in December 2016 to produce his second Test hundred.

Sri Lanka reached stumps at 15/0 and trail England by 447 runs.