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Examining the new faces in England’s Test squad for the Pakistan tour

The 15-man England Cricket squad, set to take on Pakistan in the three-game Test series in December, includes four players yet to play under the regime of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.

Keaton Jennings, Ben Duckett, Liam Livingstone and Will Jacks all won call-ups.

Here we look at the quartet and what they could bring to the side.

Jennings may have thought international cricket would have passed him by, but the 30-year-old opener has come back through the sheer power of the runs.

He’s made 1,233 of those for Lancashire this season and has developed a penchant for making it big – he has a career-best 318 as well as a double ton and a 199.

Jennings averages just 25.19 from his 17 previous test attempts, but centuries in Mumbai and Galle are proof he has a bankable method in Asian conditions.

Duckett’s first shot with England left a lot to be desired.

Revamped at major spinning courts in Bangladesh and India in 2016, it went off the radar after a strange incident involving James Anderson and an erratic pint of beer.

But he is a much more complete cricketer now and has impressed massively on the recent T20 tour of Pakistan, not least with his series of sweep shots.

England will feel they can put the versatile Nottinghamshire batsman in any gap, including top of the order.

A key member of England’s white ball teams in recent years and a fixture on the franchise scene.

Red-Ball Cricket seemed to have completely slipped off his radar, with no top-flight performances in the last 13 months and just eight in the last three seasons.

But he does represent the kind of wildcard option that Stokes and McCullum are drawn to. He is combative, powerful and ultra-aggressive.

His ability to both throw and turn his legs is also intriguing and helps his cause on pitches where England need options.

Long regarded as one of the brightest stars of his generation, Jacks made a compelling case as he became an integral part of Surrey’s plans across the board in 2022.

Like Livingstone, he combines hard hitting with increasingly useful spin bowling, and his development with the ball saw him climb past Amar Virdi and Dan Moriarty in the Brown Caps’ title-winning campaign.

A confident T20 debut in Pakistan showed he was unlikely to freeze on the big stage and his rise was underscored when he was named domestic ‘MVP’ at the recent PCA awards.

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