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Jennings joins select band

Keaton Jennings scripted his name in the world cricket with a superlative show at the Wankhede Stadium against a capacity crowd. He became the 19th English batsman to score a century on Test debut. His hundred was studded with 13 boundary hits. The 24 year old batsman showed skill and character in scoring a crucial hundred and that will give his side a chance to fight from a 0-2 deficit in the series. Incidentally, he completed his 50 with a regular left handers leg sweep and the hundred run mark with a reverse sweep to show that he is not just a reserve player in the side. He became the fifth England opener to accomplish the feat and in all 69th player in Test cricket to score a ton on debut to start his career. He captained South Africa Under-19 side and is the son of ex-Proteas coach Ray Jennings as he made an impact on Test cricket straightaway. Keaton was confidence personified and played an innings with authority. Mumbai crowd enjoyed his scintillating stroke play and his willingness to take the fight to enemy’s camp. He is definitely the find of the series along with Haseeb Hameed. Thus Jennings joined the select band of players scoring a test hundred on debut. It was the first time in 83 years that a Test in Mumbai did not have a local player in action.

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