Keaton Jennings: England batsman's dad misses India century after power cut

Keaton Jennings and Ray Jennings
Ray Jennings (right) won 14 caps for South Africa

Keaton Jennings' dad Ray says he missed his son's England debut century because of a power cut while he was watching the Test on television in Mauritius.

Ray Jennings, a former South Africa international wicketkeeper, only saw his son had made a ton against India when his power returned an hour later.

"When he reached 96 the electricity went off, so I missed his hundred," he told BBC Radio Newcastle.

"When it went back on an hour later, I watched one ball and then he got out."

Durham left-hander Keaton, whose mother was born in Sunderland, became eligible to play for England in 2016 after serving a four-year qualification period.

The 24-year-old opener top-scored with 112 as England ended day one on 288-5 in the fourth Test against India.

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Asked what he said when the power went off, Jennings Snr said: "I'm sure a lot of your listeners would know it wouldn't have been a long sentence - it would've been short and abrupt, but I wouldn't be able to repeat it on air.

"It was a little bit of a bitter ending, but I'm very happy to know he actually ended up getting a hundred.

"Keaton keeps on telling me that one of the things I've done well is marry a British lady, so she's [his mum] over the moon and Keaton's over the moon.

"I've suddenly moved away from supporting a South African side to supporting an English side, and I'm very proud to actually say that.

"It's probably the most enjoyable sporting day I've ever had - for someone in your own family to achieve something like that has really been a blessing for me."

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