Keaton Jennings was at it again.
Throughout England’s second Test against Sri Lanka, Jennings pulled an tumble off and parry at short leg, forcing the ball to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who was left with a simple catch.
On day two of the third Test, Jennings helped shape England’s comeback with no fewer than four catches in the identical position absolute stunners.
No England fielder has taken over four catches in a single Test innings, although the listing for any nation is five. Given those figures, it seems like Jennings’ four catches in the dangerous position of leg that is short is an accomplishment.
The opening batsman showed magnificent and bravery, expectation reflexes. Here is how he did it, what you needed to say about doing it and the way the specialists reacted.
- Report: England on top after Sri Lanka collapse
- TMS podcast: Sri Lanka’s collapse and’calculator XIs’
We’ll proceed in ascending order of difficulty, rather than chronologically…
Someone would like to grab these in his sleep. The grab was taken by the Lancashire opener in both hands as the inside edge looped off. Still, to the paws of Jennings, all three of the Sri Lanka wickets to fall had gone by this stage.
Getting harder, but still made to look easy by Jennings. With Jennings snaffling down the ball in the hands with his shin an Adil Rashid half-volley turned off the bat’s surface.
Roshen c Jennings b Rashid 3 (SL 222-6)
It’s getting special. Roshen Silva inside-edged a Rashid googly, with the ball moving quickly towards and then Jennings. In which seemed the opportunity was gone, in the nano-second , Jennings shot out his paw, clinging one one-handed with the ball behind him.
Gunathilaka c Jennings b Leach 18 (SL 31-1)
This edges the grab of Roshen because Jennings did have a right. Jennings revealed that the courage and presence of mind to proceed with the batsman when the pitch advanced down to Jack Leach. Even though Gunathilaka was planning to swipe the ball in Jennings’ direction, the England man kept his attention on the leather and grasped into to his belly as it was inside-edged on the batsman’s pad.
‘Jennings flipped it about’ – what they said
BBC Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew:“England had a very ordinary two-thirds of this day – they drifted. Nevertheless, they lifted themselves. It began with Jennings at short leg. He has worked really hard there and he deserved those catches.”
Former England off-spinner Vic Marks on the Test Match Special podcast:“Dhananjaya reported that it was Jennings who flipped it all round. He took three amazing catches.”
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid told BBC Sport:“It was wonderful. He’s alert. He also practises and he reads this game. We’ve found a specialist position for him. He’s taken some excellent catches and a great deal of credit goes to him.”
‘The shortest film ever’ – what you said on #bbcCricket
Andrew Reardon: If Keaton Jennings was Dick Dastardly, he’d have captured the pigeon.
Steve Pye: With Keaton Jennings grabbing everything that comes his way, surely his nickname in the dressing room must be Pat?
John in Nibley: Keaton Jennings could capture Chuck Norris.
DaddyT: Keaton Jennings could have been able to get MC Hammer.
Jim Partridge: If Keaton Jennings was Pamela Landry she would have captured Jason Bourne.
Gareth Davison: Shortest movie …