Keaton Kent Jennings (born 19 June 1992) is an English cricketer who plays for Durham and England. He is a left-handed opening batsman who also bowls right-arm fast-medium.
Keaton Kent Jennings
19 June 1992 (age 24) Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Ray Jennings (father)
Kenneth Jennings (uncle)
Dylan Jennings (brother)
Test debut (cap 675)
8 December 2016 v India
16 December 2016 v India
Domestic team information
Durham (squad no. 1)
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
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 Jenning’s uncle Kenneth Jennings, and his older brother Dylan Jennings (born 1979), who both played in South Africa.
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.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, he chose to play international cricket for England, and played his last game for Gauteng in March 2012. He arrived in the UK on 2 April 2012, meaning that he became eligible for England selection in April 2016 after a four-year residency period.He played Second XI cricket for Durham in 2012, and made his first team debut against Surrey in August 2012.
He 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 hundreds 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.
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. 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 cricikiter to score a century on debut against India.His innings of 112 was the highest by any opener on Test debut against India. His second England innings was a contrast to his first as he was dismissed by the first ball he faced. In the 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, but they collapsed to lose the game by an innings and 75 runs. England lost the series 5-0, including both games Jennings had played in.