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    Kensington Oval Test defeat was a kick in the teeth: Keaton Jennings

    Kensington Oval Test defeat was a kick in the teeth: Keaton Jennings

    Jennings also expressed frustration at the criticism from the English media.

    Updated: January 30, 2019 6:17 PM IST | Edited By: CricketCountry Staff
    Like his opening partner Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings believes that England have come away from the the 381-run loss to West Indies last week with lessons learnt and will put up a far better show in the second Test starting in Antigua Thursday.

    Joe Root s team trail 0-1 in the three-Test series, and after the crushing defeat in the first Test the coach Trevor Bayliss wondered whether the problem was mental instead of just technical. England were bowled out for 77 in their first innings, with Jennings the top-scorer with 17. Set a world record target of 628 after West Indies skipper Jason Holder scored a monumental 202 not out, England made 246 with only Burns (84) managing more than 34.

    Writing in Sky Sports column, Jennings stressed that England were determined to avoid a repeat. (READ MORE: England will learn from defeat: Burns)

    Unfortunately, sport just works like that and it kicks you in the teeth sometimes. But that is the honour of pulling on an England shirt and being able to wake up, see yourself on the news but be able to turn it around and still have that mental toughness and confidence in the group to know that you are on the right path," he wrote.

    "The fact we lost last week was tough, we did put in a poor performance but that is part of sport at times and you need to take those highs with the lows and know that at times you'll have a reality check and it gives you an opportunity to reassess things slightly and go again. We need to take responsibility, take ownership of that and not only turn it around and put it right this week, all those cliched things, but find out why and then go about a process that we have done in the last year and a half, winning those sessions, which in turn leads to winning days and winning Test matches. The lads are determined, they were hurt by last week, but they are as determined as they have been to correct it." (READ MORE: 'Speechless' Bayliss wants England to show guts)

    Jennings, who after 16 Tests averages 25.86, expressed frustration at the criticism from the English media while stating his commitment to his role.

    "I know in my heart that I've given my best shot. I prepare well, I train well, I try my nuts off and at times it just doesn't work out. As a sportsman I think you've got to hold your hands up at times and say that that's OK, albeit it's not what you want," he wrote. "But I know that I haven't left any stone unturned and every time I pull on an England shirt I give it my best, as does everyone else. Nobody within the 15 guys that are here pulls on a shirt in the morning and says, "I'm going to have a really poor day and mess things up".

    The mood among the squad is very similar to going into a lot of the Test matches; the fact that we've been beaten isn't the end of the world as a lot of the news articles might have been suggesting! When you look at the last 10 Tests, we've won eight and only lost two of them so when you look over a period of time, the guys as a group of players have really stuck together and we've done some really good things."