Keaton Jennings

Keaton Kent Jennings (born 19 June 1992) is a South African-born English cricketer who plays for Lancashire County Cricket Club and has represented England. He is a left-handed opening batsman who also bowls right-arm medium-fast.[1] He made his international debut for England in December 2016.[2]

Keaton Jennings
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Jennings celebrates after reaching a century for Lancashire CCC in 2021
Personal information
Full nameKeaton Kent Jennings
Born (1992-06-19) 19 June 1992 (age 30)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
RoleOpening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 675)8 December 2016 v India
Last Test9 February 2019 v West Indies
Domestic team information
2012–2017Durham (squad no. 1)
2018–presentLancashire (squad no. 1)
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 17 154 73 84
Runs scored 781 8,849 2,404 1,577
Batting average 25.19 36.11 41.44 32.85
100s/50s 2/1 23/32 4/17 1/7
Top score 146* 318 139 108
Balls bowled 73 1,761 690 510
Wickets 0 30 11 22
Bowling average 32.93 60.90 28.54
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/37 2/19 4/37
Catches/stumpings 17/– 129/– 31/– 19/–
Source: Cricinfo, 17 July 2022

Early lifeEdit

Jennings was born in Johannesburg, but also holds British citizenship through his mother, who was born in Sunderland. His father, Ray Jennings, played first-class cricket in South Africa from 1973/4 to 1992/3, with most of his playing career during the anti-apartheid sporting boycott of South Africa. Other first-class cricketers in the family include Jennings's uncle Kenneth Jennings and his older brother Dylan Jennings, who both played in South Africa.

Domestic careerEdit

Jennings spent the 2011 season in Durham, playing for Academy and Second XI teams. He made his first-class debut for Gauteng in December 2011 against Free State.[3] He also played for the South Africa Under-19 cricket team, and was captain of the Under-19 team on its tour to England in 2011.

Although eligible to play for South Africa, Jennings chose to play international cricket for England, and played his last game for Gauteng in March 2012. He arrived in England on 2 April 2012, meaning that he became eligible for England selection in April 2016 after a four-year residency period (the necessary period was raised to seven years just a few weeks after he arrived in England).[4][5] He played Second XI cricket for Durham in 2012, and made his first team debut against Surrey in August 2012. Playing against Derbyshire in July 2013, he scored his maiden first-class century (123) in the second innings after reaching 93 in the first innings. He reached a second first-class century in the final match of the 2013 season, against Sussex, when Durham had already won the 2013 County Championship (Durham's third title in six years) but he made less impact in the following two seasons.

Jennings had a successful season for Durham in 2016, scoring heavily with the bat, becoming the leading run-scorer, with 1,548 runs at a batting average of 64.5, including six centuries plus a double century against Yorkshire, and scoring 88 in the final of the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast competition. Jennings was selected as the County Championship player of the year by the Cricket Writers' Club, and joined the England Lions tour to the United Arab Emirates. Jennings was linked with a move away from Durham due to the club's financial problems, but he eventually agreed a new deal to stay at the club. Following his impressive form for Durham, and scoring a century on tour for the Lions, Jennings was called up to the senior England squad for the first time.

On 27 August 2020, on the opening day of the 2020 t20 Blast, Jennings scored his first century in a T20 match against his former side, Durham, scoring 108 runs from 63 balls.[6] The innings is the highest score in a T20 match at Chester-le-Street. [7]

On 28 May 2021, Jennings completed his maiden Roses Hundred for Lancashire in the match against Yorkshire at Old Trafford.[8] In July 2022, Jennings scored his maiden triple century in first-class cricket, with 318 runs against Somerset.[9]

International careerEdit

In November 2016, Jennings was named in England's Test squad for the final two matches of their series against India to replace the injured Haseeb Hameed.[10] He was the 101st person to score a century on his Test debut, against India on 8 December 2016, and also became the third English cricketer to score a century on debut against India.[11][12] His innings of 112 was the highest by any opener on Test debut against India.[13] His second England innings was a contrast to his first as he was dismissed on the first ball he faced.[14] In his second Test, he was out for just one in the first innings as England posted a total of 477. He made 54 in the second innings to get England off to a good start.

Jennings was selected for two England Lions matches against the South African touring team in June 2017. Despite relatively limited returns, he retained his place in the England Test team in the first four Tests of the summer against South Africa. However, after averaging 15.88 in this series, he was dropped for the first test against West Indies in August 2017, with his place being taken by his former opening partner at Durham, Mark Stoneman.[15]

After the Lord's Test against Pakistan in May 2018, Jennings was recalled in place of Stoneman due to his good form for Lancashire in the County Championship. Though he had a struggled against India in the previously concluded home series, Jennings was included as part of the team touring Sri Lanka in October 2018. He scored a century against the home side in the second innings of the first test to set a winning target for his team.[16] Jennings also played a crucial role in the field as part of England's victory in the third and final Test, taking four catches at short leg in Sri Lanka's first innings to restrict them to a total of 240. In so doing, Jennings equalled the England record for number of catches taken in a single Test innings.[17]

On 29 May 2020, Jennings was named in a 55-man group of players to begin training ahead of international fixtures starting in England following the COVID-19 pandemic.[18][19] On 17 June 2020, Jennings was included in England's 30-man squad to start training behind closed doors for the Test series against the West Indies.[20][21]


  1. ^ "Player Profile: Keaton Jennings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Keaton Jennings profile and biography, stats, records, averages, photos and videos". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Gauteng v Free State at Johannesburg, December 15–16, 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  4. ^ Hoult, Nick (8 December 2016). "Keaton Jennings hits century on England Test debut – here's what you need to know about him". Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Hameed and Duckett in line for England calls". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ "T20 Blast: Keaton Jennings century sets up Lancashire win over Durham, plus round-up". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  7. ^ "The Riverside T20 Blast Statistics and Records". T20 Head to Head. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  8. ^ "County Championship: Keaton Jennings hundred earns Lancashire healthy lead over Yorkshire in Roses clash". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  9. ^ "County Championship: 318 for Keaton Jennings as Lancashire forge big lead over Somerset". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Jennings and Dawson to join squad". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Jennings' debut century gives England edge". Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  12. ^ "England tour of India, 4th Test: India v England at Mumbai, Dec 8–12, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Keaton Jennings makes mark with hundred on debut". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  14. ^ "India v England - Cricket". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  15. ^ "England call for Stoneman and Crane". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Sri Lanka set 462 after Jennings's splendid ton". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Catching pigeons - Jennings does it again". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  18. ^ "England Men confirm back-to-training group". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett left out as England name 55-man training group". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  20. ^ "England announce 30-man training squad ahead of first West Indies Test". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Moeen Ali back in Test frame as England name 30-man training squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 17 June 2020.

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