|Full name||Keaton Kent Jennings|
19 June 1992|
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Test debut (cap 675)||8 December 2016 v India|
|Last Test||18 August 2018 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|2012–2017||Durham (squad no. 1)|
Source: CricketArchive, 18 August 2018
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 (born 1979), who both played in South Africa.
Keaton attended King Edward VII School, Johannesburg, and was named head boy in 2011.
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 (the necessary period was raised to seven years just a few weeks after he arrived in England). 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.
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 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 cricketer 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 4–0, including both games Jennings had played in.
He 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 just 15.88 in this series, he was dropped for the first test against the West Indies in August 2017, with his place being taken by his former opening partner at Durham, Mark Stoneman.
After the Lords test against Pakistan in May 2018, Jennings was recalled in place of Stoneman due to his good form for Lancashire in the County Championship.
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