39 Facts About Keaton Jennings

1. Keaton Jennings holds British citizenship as his mother was born in Sunderland.

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2. Keaton Jennings has played youth international cricket for South Africa Under-19s.

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3. Keaton Jennings used to travel to India with his dad Ray during the latter's stint as coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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4. Keaton Jennings has made an impressive debut in the Wankhede Test against India.

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5. Keaton Jennings is the son of former South Africa wicketkeeper and coach Ray Jennings, a renowned hard taskmaster who sets exacting standards of physical fitness and regimented discipline.

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6. Keaton Jennings was axed for last week's ten-wicket defeat in Antigua but will return at the first time of asking, leaving Foakes in the cold and Jonny Bairstow to reclaim the gloves.

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7. Keaton Jennings is back because England picked a lopsided squad and are a batsman short.

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8. Keaton Jennings will open again with Rory Burns and a final decision will be made this morning on the fitness of Ben Stokes, who has a bruised heel.

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9. Keaton Jennings has played 16 Test matches at the top of the order for England and averages 25.86 with the bat.

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10. Keaton Jennings was selected for two England Lions matches against the South African touring team in June 2017.

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11. Keaton Jennings was the 101st person to score a century on his Test debut, against India on 8 December 2016, and became the third English cricketer to score a century on debut against India.

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12. Keaton Jennings played Second XI cricket for Durham in 2012, and made his first team debut against Surrey in August 2012.

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13. Keaton Jennings arrived in the UK on 2 April 2012, meaning that he became eligible for England selection in April 2016 after a four-year residency period.

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14. Keaton Jennings played for the South Africa Under-19 cricket team, and was captain of the Under-19 team on its tour to England in 2011.

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15. Keaton Jennings made his first-class debut for Gauteng in December 2011 against Free State.

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16. Keaton Jennings is a left-handed opening batsman who bowls right-arm fast-medium.

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17. Keaton Jennings agreed a four-year contract extension shortly before the stringent conditions of Durham's new financial plan were announced.

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18. Keaton Jennings made his first-class debut for Gauteng in 2011 and in the same year captained South Africa Under-19s on tour in England.

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19. Keaton Jennings will become Alastair Cook's 11th opening partner since the retirement of Andrew Strauss four years ago.

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20. Keaton Jennings was Alastair Cook's 12th opening partner since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012.

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21. Keaton Jennings was indeed taking his time in his nineties before he reverse swept a Jayant Yadav delivery for a boundary.

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22. Keaton Jennings has represented various teams in his short illustrious career thus far.

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23. Keaton Jennings decided to move to Chester-le-Street at the age of early 20.

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24. Keaton Jennings was named the captain of the South Africa U19 team back in 2011.

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25. Keaton Jennings spent a season with Durham at the age of 19.

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26. Keaton Jennings was born on 19 June 1992 at Johannesburg in South Africa.

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27. Keaton Jennings is a tall left-handed batsman who is known to play marathon innings in First Class cricket.

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28. Ben Stokes and Keaton Jennings batted at No 3 in the second Test before Jonny Bairstow was brought back in the line-up as a specialist batsman for the final encounter.

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29. Keaton Jennings took himself out of his comfort zone to help England be more pro-active in the first session of the match.

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30. Keaton Jennings played a crucial role in the field as part of England's victory in the third and final Test, taking four catches at short leg in Sri Lanka's first innings to restrict them to a total of 240.

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31. In November 2016, Keaton Jennings was named in England's Test squad for the final two matches of their series against India to replace the injured Haseeb Hameed.

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32. Keaton Jennings was selected as the County Championship player of the year by the Cricket Writers' Club, and joined the England Lions tour to the United Arab Emirates.

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33. Keaton Jennings spent the 2011 season in Durham, playing for Academy and Second XI teams.

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34. Keaton Jennings was born in Johannesburg, but holds British citizenship through his mother, who was born in Sunderland.

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35. Keaton Jennings does most to advance England cause in warm-up game.

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36. Keaton Jennings averaged just 19.2 across six Tests against Pakistan and India this summer with a top score of 42, but seems poised to.

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37. Keaton Jennings says he will be looking to "repay" the selectors' faith in him during England's three-Test series in Sri Lanka.

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38. Keaton Jennings is set to open the innings alongside newcomer Rory Burns when England's three-match series against Sri Lanka gets under way in.

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39. Keaton Jennings accepts Test cricket can be "a brutal world" but is eager to prove it is one he can thrive in.

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