Keaton Jennings announced as the new skipper of Lancashire as Dane Vilas steps down
Keaton Jennings (Source: Twitter)
The transitioning phase in the Lancashire County Cricket Club has just begun as the seasoned skipper Dane Vilas has moved on from his role and handed the responsibility to opener Keaton Jennings for the upcoming season.
Previously, Jennings extended his contract with the club for another year which means he would be seen playing at the club atleast till 2025. Further, he would be the 37th player to lead the county on a full-time basis.
The left-hander joined the side after the conclusion of the 2017 season where he represented Durham and after that played 131 games during the course of five years. Moreover, he was asked to lead the side in the absence of Vilas in the last edition of the One-Day Cup taking them to finals as the South African was ruled out with an injury.
Also, he was the highest run-getter in the County Championship with 1,233 runs at a whopping average of 72 with one of his best innings of 318 coming against Somerset.
What Keaton Jennings said on his appointment,
“I am so proud and honoured to have been offered the opportunity to become the next captain of Lancashire Cricket – a Club which I have made my home since arriving at Emirates Old Trafford back in 2018."
Vilas who succeeded English hard-hitting batter Liam Livingstone as the captain before the 2019 season said,
“After taking some time out during the winter and having conversations with senior management at the Club, I have decided to stand down as captain of Lancashire Cricket."