Keaton Jennings has become a mainstay of Lancashire’s side since signing a four-year deal at Emirates Old Trafford during the 2017 winter.
After joining from Durham, where he gained a reputation as one of county cricket’s most reliable opening batters, the left-hander has been a virtual ever present at the top of the Red Rose batting order.
Born in South Africa and the son of former South Africa international Ray, Jennings played First-Class cricket for Gauteng in the country of his birth before playing youth and Second XI cricket for Durham. Qualifying to play in England as a non-overseas player through his Sunderland-born Mother, Jennings then joined the North East county permanently.
He was part of the 2013 County Championship-winning side but it was 2016 where Jennings really made his mark on First-Class cricket, scoring seven centuries and scoring over 1,500 Championship runs including a double century against Yorkshire.
It was also a breakthrough year in T20 cricket as he led Durham to their first-ever appearance in the final, striking what remains the highest score on Finals Day (88) in the showpiece event against Northants Steelbacks.
An injury to Haseeb Hameed on the India tour that winter led to a full England call-up and Jennings’ Test debut was memorable, scoring a century at Mumbai against a high-quality Indian spin attack. He has since added a century in Sri Lanka and has featured in 17 Test matches for England.
Donning the Red Rose, Jennings notched his first century against Somerset in May 2018 and went on to impress in the Royal London One-Day Cup, averaging 75 in scoring a team-high 375 runs. It is a format he would enjoy again in 2019, totalling 416 runs as Lancashire reached the semi-finals.
Continued good form in the Championship, including a season-high 177 against Worcestershire, earned an England recall to face Pakistan and India, and he finished the 2018 season averaging nearly 50 in First-Class cricket for Lancashire.
Jennings played in every game across all three formats during 2019 as Lancashire achieved promotion back to Division Two and reached the knockout stages in both limited overs competitions.