ENG vs IND 2018: You have to fear for Keaton Jennings' career, thinks Michael Vaughan

Vaughan feels Jennings' dismissal on Day 1 gives a worrying impression about the mental side of his game.

Vaughan fears for the way Jennings is looking. (Getty)

Former England Captain Michael Vaughan has said that opener Keaton Jennings' dismissal against a beautiful inswinger from Jasprit Bumrah on Day 1 of the fourth Test, was "as bad a dismissal as you can see in Test match cricket" and that, it is a genuinely worrying sign for the home team that one of their opening batsmen is looking well out of resolve. 

It was a really good ball from Bumrah but not unplayable at all. 

This was one of the best conventional inswingers that he has bowled in his short Test career so far and Jennings, who left the previous three away-going deliveries, premeditated the continuation of the trend and shaped himself that way too. He didn't watch the curve of the ball properly and found himself plumb in front. It ended up looking a very innocuous dismissal. 

Jennings has really struggled in the ongoing series against some good quality swing and seam bowling and despite starting off his career with a very good hundred against India in Mumbai, his numbers - 10 Tests 417 runs at 23.16 - give a sorry reading. 

"You have to fear for Keaton Jennings' career," Vaughan told BBC, "When you see a dismissal like we saw this morning – he clearly went out there with a pre-determined mind to leave the ball. That was a full-ish ball on leg-stump and it was as bad a dismissal as you can see in Test match cricket. That tells me that his mind isn't on watching the ball and reacting to the ball that's delivered. His mind is, 'right I'm going to leave it'."

"Once you get into that position as a batsman, it's very hard to get out of that mindset. He'll be certainly looking over his shoulder, as he should be with the way that he's played," he added. 

(Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Kashish Chadha - 31 Aug, 2018

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