Cricket 13.12.2016 02:27 pm

High-flying Keaton Jennings considered a future captain too

Keaton Jennings might captain England in future. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP.

Keaton Jennings might captain England in future. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP.

Son of former Proteas coach Ray will be leading England’s official second-stringers on their tour to Sri Lanka.

Keaton Jennings, the 24-year-old former South African making waves in international cricket, is now even being touted as a future captain of the England side.

The former national u-19 captain on Tuesday was confirmed as skipper of the England Lions – the feeder team to the national side – for their tour to Sri Lanka.

“Keaton has impressed everyone with his batting and his leadership,” said James Whittaker, a national selector, in a statement.

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“He was also captain on the Lions’ recent one-day tour in the UAE.”

Jennings clearly wasn’t spooked by that responsibility and even scored a century in his first game as the second-stringers’ captain.

“The Sri Lanka tour offers him the chance to gain further captaincy experience as well as playing some high-quality cricket in different and challenging conditions,” said Whittaker.

Jennings is expected to end England’s disastrous Test series against India as the side’s opener after scoring a memorable century on debut last week.

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