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England bring in uncapped Keaton Jennings, Liam Dawson for remaining India Tests

England have added opening batsman Keaton Jennings and spinner Liam Dawson to their squad for the final two tests in India as replacements for the injured Haseeb Hameed and Zafar Ansari.

cricket Updated: Nov 30, 2016 16:34 IST
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England have added opener Keaton Jennings for Haseeb Hameed while left-arm spinner Liam Dawson (in pic) will replace Zafar Ansari.(Getty Images)

The uncapped Test pair of opening batsman Keaton Jennings and all-rounder Liam Dawson will join England for the remainder of their tour of India, selectors announced on Wednesday.

South Africa-born Jennings -- whose father Ray coached the South African national team -- will replace Haseeb Hameed who has a broken left little finger and Dawson fills in for fellow left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari, who is struggling with a back problem, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

Hameed is returning home for an operation on the back of plaudits for his courageous half century in the second innings of the Third Test in Mohali on Tuesday which England lost to go 2-0 down in the five match series.

Durham star Jennings -- who averaged over 60 for Durham in the County Championship last season -- is set to be captain Alistair Cook’s 11th opening partner since former skipper Andrew Strauss called it a day four years ago.

Jennings, 24, should get an immediate run-out for England Lions against the United Arab Emirates on Thursday before heading to India for the fourth Test in Mumbai next week.

Ansari is also due to return to England while 26-year-old Dawson, who made his One Day International and Twenty20 cricket debut this summer, is expected to arrive in India next week from Bangladesh where he is playing in the Premier League for Rangpur Raiders.

First Published: Nov 30, 2016 15:59 IST