LANCASHIRE have pulled off a major coup in signing Keaton Jennings from Durham.
The 25-year-old opening batsman, who scored a century on his England Test debut in India last winter, has signed a four-year deal at Emirates Old Trafford.
Jennings, who was born in South Africa, announced on Tuesday morning he was leaving Durham, with most expecting him to sign for Nottinghamshire, who are coached by former Lancashire boss Peter Moores.
However, the Red Rose were interesting in signing him last winter following Durham’s relegation to Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship, and now they have got their man.
Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple said: “I am very pleased Keaton has signed for Lancashire as I know there were other counties chasing his signature.
“He’s exactly the type of character and player I feel will add strength and depth to our squad.
“Keaton is a fantastic addition for the club and he will be an important part of the squad, in all formats of the game, over the coming years.”
Having made an instant impression with England, which came on the back of an impressive season for Durham in 2016 scoring 1,548 Championship runs, he struggled at during the recent South Africa series and was dropped after the final Test at Emirates Old Trafford.
And he has yet to regain his form of last season with Durham. However, he is an undoubted talent and will bulk up a top-order batting line-up next season which will include Haseeb Hameed, the in-form Alex Davies, Liam Livingstone and possibly Shivnarine Chanderpaul.