London - England opening batsman Keaton Jennings' place in the Test
team might be insecure after coach Trevor Bayliss said "two or three
guys" might get opportunities to impress ahead of the Ashes series in
Australia later this year.
The left-handed Jennings has endured a torrid time with the
willow in the current series against South Africa, only scoring 92 runs across
six innings at a paltry average of just more than 15.
England beat the visitors by 239 runs at the Oval to take a
two-one series lead with one match left to play at Old Trafford, starting on
Asked you who will opening the batting in the Ashes later
this year, Bayliss told the BBC on Monday: "It could be two or three guys.
"When we go to Australia, we'll probably take more than
a couple of openers, so it could be a number of those guys get a
Bayliss also insisted that England do not need eight batsmen
in their Test line-up, which might mean that spinner Liam Dawson makes his back
way into the side for the final Test against the Proteas.
Dawson was dropped in favour of Dawid Malan to lengthen
England's batting after they were blown away in the second Test at Trent
Bayliss told Sky Sports at the Oval: "I'm still of the
view we don't need more than seven batters. We've got three guys like Ben
Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali who give us a lot of options, so on this
occasion, we looked at the conditions, saw it was a bit green here and played
the extra batsman.
"There wasn't a great deal of spin, but that could be
different somewhere else."