South Africa would love Jennings to keep place, says Smith

Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith believes the Proteas would love under-pressure England opener Keaton Jennings to retain his place for next week's fourth Test.

After scoring a century on Test debut against India last December, Jennings has struggled at the highest level, but he at least ended a run of low scores by battling to 48 in the third Test at The Oval.

Smith nevertheless remains unconvinced by the 25-year-old and feels England should make a change ahead of their three-Test home series against West Indies and the subsequent tour of Australia.

"Even though he got 48, there were a lot of edges," Smith said on BBC's Test Match Special.

"If I was a selector I'd be thinking it was time to make a change with the West Indies and then the Ashes coming up.

"The way that Jennings plays, I think Australia might be quite a scary place for him.

"It's not easy. These are people's lives and they're working hard, but I think South Africa would love Jennings to play in the final Test match.

"If you had to ask them they would say: 'Please pick him.'"

Surrey's Mark Stoneman - a former team-mate of Jennings at Durham - would be a likely beneficiary if Jennings was taken out of the firing line by England.

Smith added: "I can't say if Stoneman is better, I haven't seen enough - but if they think there is potential then I would give him a go."

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