Jennings stunned by 'surreal' England call


Keaton Jennings had to pinch himself after being told he would be called up to the England Test squad for the final two matches with India.

The Durham opener was drafted into Alastair Cook's touring party ahead of the fourth Test in Mumbai after Haseeb Hameed suffered a fractured finger.

Hameed will return home for surgery on his hand, leaving England short of options at the top of the order alongside Cook.

They opted for South African-born Jennings after he finished the County Championship season as leading run scorer, amassing 1548 runs at an average of 64.50 with seven hundreds - including two double centuries.

"I'm very happy, very chuffed, I had to pinch myself a couple of times last night to try and see if it was real or not," Jennings told Durham's official website.

"I'm really chuffed and it almost felt surreal to get the call, get the nod to go to what is a very special place in India.

"It's been a surreal six months, to be honest, and in the last 12 hours my whole world has been turned upside down, which is absolutely awesome."

He added: "In sport, you need a bit of luck as well. You can always go out, get a couple of good balls and that's your lot.

"I've also been blessed that the last two weeks [with the England Lions] has fast-tracked any sort of preparation.

"We've been put through a really hard regime in the last two weeks and we're probably in the best position we could do.

"There's been a lot of spin work done with Andy [Flower] and Graham Thorpe, so hopefully it holds me in good stead. There's only one way to find if it's worked and it's been effective, but that's part of the challenge as well in one of the hardest conditions."