Sports Sri Lanka v England: Keaton Jennings thanks his dad after unbeaten century in Galle Published 1 month ago on November 8, 2018 By Frank Couper Share Tweet THANKS DAD The opening batsman hit 146 not out to put England in a commanding position in the first Test Keaton Jennings dedicated his unbeaten century in Sri Lanka on Thursday to his dad, Ray. Jennings hit 146 not out in 280 balls to put England in a strong position in the first Test at Galle. Keaton Jennings raises his bat after hitting the century during the first Test England declared on 322 for six to leave the home side chasing a world record score of 462 to win with two days left in the match. It was Jennings’ second Test ton with the first coming on the tour to India in 2017 on his debut. The 26-year-old thanked his dad Ray, who was also a professional cricketer, for the work he’s done leading up to the series. Keaton Jennings on his way to an unbeaten 146 during in Galle Speaking to talkSPORT, Jennings said: “It’s been an unbelievable day for myself. I suppose I was feeling the pinch coming into the Test match but just really pleased to just drive us into a position where we can win the Test match. “In the last couple of weeks I have tried to nail down and graft a little bit with my dad and a couple of other people. “I suppose today is more of a thank you to them for the work they have put into me and just really honoured and privileged. “He’s in South Africa at the moment and he will head off to Mauritius on holiday in a couple of weeks’ time so a big thank you to him.” DAY THREE Sri Lanka vs England: Hosts close on 15-0 after being set 462 to win first Test ton-up Keaton Jennings hits century to put England in commanding position in Galle DAY TWO Sri Lanka vs England: Tourists lead by 177 after fantastic day in Galle SCORECARD Sri Lanka vs England – first Test, day three: Live score, teams and match stats CRICKET PODCAST Following On: Sri Lanka vs England first Test, day three review what a catch Full details of talkSPORT’s exclusive England cricket coverage in Sri Lanka LIVE UPDATES Sri Lanka vs England: Match abandoned in Dambulla after heavy rain DAY ONE Sri Lanka vs England – Ben Foakes hits 87* as tourists battle to 321-8 at stumps Detectives probing Ben Stokes incident pass file to CPS Jennings was under pressure coming into the Test series after a string of poor performances. He averaged just 19.2 opening the batting in the matches he played against Pakistan and India. In this Test he has scored as many runs as he did all summer. Despite that he has still enjoyed being part of a team that has been winning games. Keaton Jennings after scoring his century He said: “I have loved the last six months regardless of personal performance, I have loved being involved and have loved the guys have gone about setting up the team and have really loved my time. “I have always said when you are winning Test matches or winning games of cricket that’s where you want to be playing regardless of personal performance. It just makes it a bit more special when you add to a win or hopefully add to a win. “To beat India the way we did during the summer was really special to be a part of.” Keaton Jennings The Lancashire opener, born in South Africa, has a new opening partner for the first Test following Alastair Cook’s retirement in the summer. Rory Burns score nine runs in the first innings and 23 in the second but Jennings praised his approach to Test match cricket. He said: “Burnsy has played fantastically well and seemed unfazed by everything that is going on. “He just seemed to go about his work beautifully. He’s a fantastic lad and I have really enjoyed my time with him. “It’s amazing the different feeling you get from a bloke when you join changing rooms and I have really enjoyed my time with him so far.” Credit: talkSPORT Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics:CricketEngland CricketSport Up Next Big teams faltering in the UCL: PSG, Liverpool, Tottenham and Valencia Don't Miss Liverpool transfer news: Galatasaray plot January loan swoop for Xherdan Shaqiri Continue Reading You may like Frank Warren says Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight will be ‘easy to make’ on one condition Paul Pogba watch: Man United midfielder ominous on return to starting XI as Jose Mourinho’s men fall to defeat against Valencia at the Mestalla Tony Adams: Former Arsenal and England defender to become Rugby Football League president Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. 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