For the English cricket fan, May is supposed to bring balm. However badly they have wintered, England can usually be relied on to reassemble at Lord’s and win the first Test. Not this time: now is the spring of our discontent.
Ed Smith, still settling into the driving seat, has already made a screeching U-turn. Out goes Mark Stoneman and back comes Keaton Jennings, the player Stoneman replaced last summer. It is another chapter in a saga that began as soon as Andrew Strauss retired in 2012: The Curious Case of the Half‑Hopeless Opener.
Written by Tim de Lisle
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/31/alastair-cook-tricky-co-pilot-keaton-jennings-pakistan-second-test under the title “Could it be that Alastair Cook is a tricky co-pilot as a Test opener? | Tim de Lisle”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.