Jennings, who has signed a one-year contract extension to stay with Lancashire until at least the end of the 2025 season, was the leading run scorer in Division One last year with 1233 runs at an average of 72, including a career best. 318 against Somerset at Southport. His form led to England’s test withdrawal and he spent plenty of time on the field as a substitute fielder in the 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan before Christmas.
He previously captained the injured Villas during last season’s Royal London Cup run, where Lancashire were beaten by Kent in the final.
“I am very proud and honored to be given the opportunity to become the next captain of Lancashire – a club I have made my home since arriving at Emirates Old Trafford in 2018,” Jennings said.
“Since joining, I am fully aware of how proud this club is of its history and the passion that our members, supporters, players and staff share for the Red Rose. The new chapter and I hope that we will be able to make more history together.
“On behalf of the entire squad, I would like to thank the Dane for his commitment to his work and the support he has shown to all of us during his four seasons as captain. He has been a huge part of my development as a leader. , and I know I am still grateful for his experience in the dressing room. I can talk.”
Lancashire finished as runners-up in all three major competitions in 2022, with Villas overseeing both Blast campaigns, which ended in a last-gasp loss to Hampshire in the final, and their second-placed finish in the LV=Insurance Championship. The 37-year-old South African, who joined the club in 2017, will continue to play as one of Lancashire’s overseas players until 2023.
“After taking some time out over the winter and having conversations with the club’s senior management, I have decided to step down as captain of Lancashire,” Bilas said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this great county for the last four seasons, but I think now is the right time to step back from the role and build on the great work that Keaton started last season. The ODI Cup.”
Lancashire Men’s Head Coach Glen Chapple added: “Firstly, I would like to thank the Dane for captaining the club with pride and dedication over the past four seasons. As a coaching team, we fully support his decision and feel it is a true testament to the Dane’s character. “That he has made a selfless decision to step down in the best interest of the team. We look forward to continuing to work with Dane as one of our senior players.”
“I’m delighted Keaton has accepted our offer to captain the new club and we’re all confident he’ll do a great job. Keaton showed his leadership qualities last summer in the ODI Cup final, he’s a total respect for the dressing room, and that’s where his career is now.” The stage seems to be a natural next step.
“After speaking with Keaton, I know how proud he is to take on this role and I look forward to working more closely with him as we advance our preparations for the new season and beyond.”