Full name Keaton Kent Jennings
Born June 19, 1992, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Major teams Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Gauteng, Gauteng Under-19s, South Africa Under-19s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Relation Father - RV Jennings, Uncle - KE Jennings, Brother - D Jennings
Keaton Jennings, a tall left-handed batsman, made his first-class debut for Gauteng against Free State in his native Johannesburg in December 2011 aged 19, having spent a season with Durham, where he made 1,319 runs in Academy and Second XI matches. He is a former South Africa Under-19 captain who led the touring side in England in 2011 and is the son of former South Africa coach Ray Jennings, but intends to serve the four-year qualification period that will make him eligible for England.
His strong north-east links should not be discounted - his mother is from Sunderland - but his arrival at Chester-le-Street owes more to the friendship Durham coach Geoff Cook struck up with his father when they played domestic cricket in South Africa, Cook for Eastern Province, Jennings for Transvaal.
A patient batsman with an old-fashioned willingness to occupy the crease, Jennings enjoyed a prolific season in 2012, scoring 1,179 Second XI runs at 69.35, including seven 50s and two double hundreds and earned his first-class Durham debut against Surrey in August 2012, a week after making 201 for the Seconds against Ireland A. He made a favourable impression with an assured 70 spanning two and a half hours against Lancashire at Aigburth in his third first-class match for the county, opening alongside Mark Stoneman.
Jennings struggled to progress in his first full season, his innings often conducted on challenging Riverside surfaces, but relief came against Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street in July. He compiled an increasingly careworn 90 in the first innings, but that proved to be a scouting mission for his maiden Championship hundred second time around: a more assured 123 before he was run out. Durham had secured the title by the time he added a second hundred in a more relaxed season's wind-down at Hove.
Just one more Championship hundred followed in 2014, although he did make his List A debut against Sri Lanka as Durham gave him regular opportunities to expand his game in the 50-over format.