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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 February 2019

Joe Denly replaces Keaton Jennings for England's second Test against West Indies

Jennings dropped after managing just 17 and 14 in first Test at Barbados

Joe Denly, second from right, will replace Keaton Jennings, right, in England's top order. Paul Childs / Reuters
Joe Denly, second from right, will replace Keaton Jennings, right, in England's top order. Paul Childs / Reuters

Joe Denly will make his England debut in the second Test against the West Indies, replacing out-of-form opener Keaton Jennings, captain Joe Root said on Wednesday.

Denly, 32, comes into the team after Jennings managed just 17 and 14 in the first Test in Barbados which England lost by 381 runs.

Root named a 12-man squad for the match at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium, which starts on Thursday, with Stuart Broad and Jack Leach also in contention having missed out on a place in the side for the first Test.

"It gives Joe an opportunity," Root said. "It's disappointing for Keaton, he's done some excellent things and he will continue to work on developing his game and be a big part of this squad."

Denly made his international debut back in 2009, playing in the one-day international and Twenty20 sides but had to wait for almost a decade before winning a recall as he took four wickets with his leg-spin in a T20 victory over Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has temporarily left the tour and returned home.

"Adil Rashid will leave the party during the second Test to return home as his wife is expecting their second child," the England team said on Twitter."He will return ahead of the ODIs."

Rashid bowled just 26 overs in Barbados, going wicketless in the defeat.

Updated: January 30, 2019 09:46 PM

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