South African-conceived batsman Keaton Jennings scored a shocking century on his presentation as Britain made a strong begin to their must-win fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Thursday.
The left-hander – who changed loyalty to Britain to support his global vocation prospects – made 112 as the guests finished the day on 288-5 at the Wankhede Stadium.
Jennings, 24, was nearly gotten on zero runs and took until the twelfth ball to get off the stamp, yet when he did there was no halting the tall opener.
He became progressively sure about the center as the day advanced with a variety of commendable shot-production, including a trio of venturesome turn around breadths that went for fours.
It was one of those ranges that raised his ton mid-route through the evening session, with Jennings punching the air in joy as he praised an introduction to recollect.
Jennings, who was just rung to the squad after Haseeb Hameed was harmed in the third Test, put on an association of 99 with kindred opener and skipper Alastair Cook.
Cook was befuddled on 46 by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel subsequent to swinging at a Ravindra Jadeja conveyance however Jennings held his nerve and plotted his approach to 65 by lunch.
He outlived Joe Root who could just make 21 preceding he was gotten at sneak past Indian chief Virat Kohli off a turning Ravichandran Ashwin conveyance.
Moeen Ali steadied the ship, managing Jennings to his ton and scoring his very own half century before stupidly getting got out.
– Ashwin turns it on –
He miserably gathered up an Ashwin conveyance that landed easily in the hands of Karun Nair to put Britain at 230-3.
Jennings, who hit 13 fours amid his 219-ball thump, strolled soon a while later when Cheteshwar Pujara got a little flick off the bat for Ashwin’s third wicket of the day.
Jennings, who was conceived in Johannesburg and captained the Proteas under-19s, turned into the most recent South African-conceived English cricketer to score a ton on their global Test make a big appearance.
Andrew Strauss and Matt Earlier both made hundreds of years in their first excursions while Jonathan Trott achieved three figures in the second innings of his Test make a big appearance.
Jennings, whose mother is English, moved to Britain in 2011 in the wake of leaving school, submitting himself to four years there so he could get to be distinctly qualified to play for the national side. He decided on Britain to further his profession in a comparable move to Kevin Pietersen in the mid 2000s.
Players who were conceived abroad are qualified to play for Britain in the wake of putting in four years in English province cricket, an approach that has pulled in some contention.
Britain trail 2-0 in the five-coordinate arrangement and anything not exactly a triumph would see India seal the challenge.
In-shape off-spinner Ashwin snatched his fourth wicket when Jonny Bairstow was gotten on 14 as India confined the vacationers to some degree after their solid begin.
Ben Feeds and Jos Buttler were at the wrinkle on 25 and 18 separately.