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Keaton Jennings to lead Durham in Royal London One-Day Cup

Keaton Jennings had captained Durham in the absence of Paul Collingwood last season
Keaton Jennings had captained Durham in the absence of Paul Collingwood last season

England opening batsman Keaton Jennings has been announced as skipper of Durham for the upcoming season of Royal London One-Day Cup.

The 24-year-old already has the experience of captaining Durham in the previous season when regular skipper Paul Collingwood was injured but now will take the role permanently and will have all-rounder Paul Coughlin as his deputy.

Jennings, who made his debut for England in the longer format during the recent Test series against India said it is a "honour" to lead Durham.

“It’s one of those dreams as a young boy, you want to lead your side so it’s an honour to lead Durham this year.

“I’m definitely looking forward to it. The two signings we have made, Lathers [Tom Latham] & Cooky [Stephen Cook] are brilliant for the squad and the guys as well.

“The couple of games I did last year were really good fun and it was a privilege and honour to do it.

“There is a real sense of positivity around at the minute. Hopefully we can push forward and see how far we can go.”

Head coach Jon Lewis expressed confidence on Jennings' ability to lead the team successfully.

“Keaton has developed immensely over the last 12 months, not only as a player but also as a leader in the dressing room, and he has commanded the respect of the dressing room. This new role reflects his standing in the side and we are confident he can lead us forward in the 50-over competition.

“He was highly impressive when he stepped in to the role last season and has already started to build up experience of handling the responsibilities that come with being a captain.

“Even with possible England commitments, we are likely to see Keaton for the entirety of the tournament and we feel this is another important step forward in his career.”

Having led the England Lions in United Arab Emirates, Jennings scored an unbeaten century for them in his debut game which saw him called up for the Indian tour.

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