Move will put spring back into Onions...


Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHRIS OSTICK @Lanc­scrick­etMEN

KEATON Jen­nings be­lieves Gra­ham Onions will be a huge as­set for Lan­cashire next sea­son.

The veteran seamer has fol­lowed Jen­nings from Durham to Emi­rates Old Traf­ford hav­ing both had long ca­reers at Ch­ester-le-Street.

Lan­cashire head coach Glen Chap­ple has al­ready said he doesn’t ex­pect 35-year-old Onions, who strug­gled with a back in­jury last sea­son, to play in ev­ery County Cham­pi­onship match.

How­ever, the Red Rose boss be­lieves he can add just as much off the field in terms of coach­ing and ad­vice to the young seam­ers at the club as he can on it.

And Jen­nings, who was un­veiled by Lan­cashire ear­lier this week, be­lieves the for­mer Test player’s move is per­fect for both player and county.

“Gra­ham mov­ing at this stage of his ca­reer is fan­tas­tic,” said Jen­nings.

“Hope­fully he will come down with a smile! If not we will find him one.

“He has a wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, he knows how to take wick­ets.

“He will im­part that on younger guys in the squad too.

“Hope­fully, for both of us this move will be a kick up the bum, to re­gen­er­ate the think­ing process.

“I know he is re­ally ex­cited, as am I.”

Jen­nings has cap­tained the Eng­land Lions and Durham on the odd oc­ca­sion.

With Lan­cashire skip­per Steven Croft hav­ing strug­gled for form last sea­son, and at times leav­ing him­self out of the County Cham­pi­onship side, there have been some sug­gest­ing Jen­nings could take the reins next sea­son.

How­ever, he has backed Croft to con­tinue in the job next year in what will be a ben­e­fit year for the Red Rose stal­wart.

“Cricket is a team game,” he said. “From the out­side, I can see Steven Croft has been a very good leader.

“How­ever, you don’t need a ti­tle in or­der to lead and the char­ac­ter I am, I will try to add value where I can, whether that be with the ball, the bat or in the field. Crofty has led the guys fan­tas­ti­cally well and I haven’t heard a bad word said about him.

“I am look­ing for­ward to meet­ing him as a team-mate.”

Shiv­nar­ine Chan­der­paul’s re­turn next sea­son hasn’t yet been con­firmed by Lan­cashire, but Jen­nings is hope­ful he will be able to play along­side him. “Hope­fully I can pick his brain,” he said. “He has achieved so much in the game, I can use him to grow my­self. “He just seems to keep going.”

Hope­fully he will come down with a smile. If not, we will find him one Keaton Jen­nings on Gra­ham Onions

New Lan­cashire bats­man Keaton Jen­nings

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