England Test call for Jennings and Dawson


Uncapped duo Keaton Jennings and Liam Dawson have been called up for the final two Tests of England's tour in India.

The pair will vie for a place in Alastair Cook's side for the fourth Test in Mumbai that starts on December 8 with England needing to win both remaining games to draw the five-match series after falling 2-0 behind in Mohali.

Jennings earns his place after Haseeb Hameed was forced to return home for surgery on a fractured finger, the 19-year-old having played through the pain for his defiant 59 as England tried to save the third Test.

South African-born Jennings was the leading run-scorer in the County Championship last season, scoring 1548 runs for Durham at an average of 64.50 with seven hundreds, including two double centuries.

The 24-year-old is currently with the England Lions in Dubai and will captain them on Thursday before making his way to India on December 5.

Dawson replaces Zafar Ansari in the touring party after he suffered a back injury during the second Test in Visakhapatnam, the young spinner will return home after a course of treatment with England's medical team.

A place in the fourth Test would be a maiden appearance for Dawson but not his first international experience, having already represented England in both forms of limited-overs cricket.