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Jennings' parents miss England ton thanks to power cut

Keaton Jennings' parents, eagerly watching their son make his England debut on TV, missed seeing him complete his sensational century due to a power cut.

The Durham batsman, who joined England in India this week as a replacement for the injured Haseeb Hameed, hit 112 on his first day in senior international cricket, making him the 19th England player to hit a hundred on Test debut.

Jennings' parents were watching on holiday in Mauritius, which Keaton was meant to be on before his call-up, until an hour-long power cut came when the 24-year-old was on 96.

Ray Jennings, the South African former wicketkeeper-batsman who was his son's first coach, said: "It came back when he was on 111 and he scored one more run and was out."

The outage meant Ray and his wife missed seeing their son go to three figures with a bold reverse sweep. Ray added: "My family have sent me some videos of the shot."

Keaton played for South Africa Under-19s but completed a four-year residency period while playing for Durham.

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