Keaton Jennings became only the eighth England opener to make a century on Test debut, on the first day of the fourth Test against India in Mumbai.
The South Africa-born Durham left-hander, called up to the squad last week, brought up a 186-ball hundred with a reverse-sweep just before tea.
Jennings, 24, who was dropped by Karun Nair on nought, was 103 not out at tea, with England 196-2.
“This is a very fine performance,” said ex-England batsman Geoffrey Boycott.
“He looks nicely composed. He has an economy of movement – he stays very still and his footwork is good.”
A former captain of South Africa Under-19s, Jennings was promoted from the England Lions touring party in the United Arab Emirates after Haseeb Hameed suffered a fractured hand.
Jennings was put down by Nair, diving to his left, when he pushed at Umesh Yadav off the ninth ball he faced.
But he batted with great composure thereafter, cutting and driving the seamers with authority and even reverse-sweeping the spinners.
Jennings added 99 for the first wicket with captain Alastair Cook, who was stumped for 46, 37 for the second with Joe Root, and his unbroken third-wicket partnership with Moeen Ali was worth 59 at tea.
His century contained 12 fours, and was the first by an England opener on debut since Cook in 2006.
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