Keaton Jennings has joined the England team in his Test debut for the fourth Test against India. Day one in the Wankhede Stadium has been completed with Jennings making a hundred. Jennings will be playing in the fourth and fifth Tests, replacing England’s injured opener, Haseeb Hameed.
England won the toss again, and opted to bat, taking advantage of the good batting conditions. Although things were touch and go when Jennings was almost caught out on the 12th ball, however, the 24-year-old kept going and got into his rhythm.
England reached 117/1 by lunch time and was up to 196/2 by tea. Jennings had made 112 runs before his time at the bat came to an end. When Jennings reached his century, he did so in style with a reverse sweep for four. The England batsman is the 19th English cricketer to have made a century in his Test debut. Jennings hit eight fours in his excellent batting stint.
At this time, India is in the lead in the five Test-match series against England. India has won two Tests, and if England loses the fourth Test, India will seal their win. Both teams have had injuries and replacements. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is taking the place of Mohammed Shami who had injured his knee in the earlier matches.
Indian bowlers started out with pacers, and later switched to spinners. Ravichandran Ashwin took four players, helping to equalise the match after a somewhat frustrating day for the Indian team.
Umpire Struck on Head by Ball
In the afternoon session, Paul Reiffel, the umpire, was hit on the back of his head with a cricket ball in a throw from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Marais Erasmus took Reiffel’s place, and play continued. Reiffel was taken to hospital where a scan showed clear results. The umpire is likely to be back for play on day two of the Test.