Keaton is keen to open for Red Rose

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Richard Mar­shall

NEW Lan­cashire bats­man Keaton Jen­nings hopes to get a chance to open for the side next sea­son.

Jen­nings has yet to speak to coach Glen Chap­ple about where he sees him play­ing fol­low­ing his ar­rival from Durham.

He opened for Durham and also part­nered Alas­tair Cook at the top of Eng­land’s or­der in six Tests since scor­ing a cen­tury on de­but against In­dia last win­ter.

And Jen­nings said: “From be­ing five I have al­ways opened the bat­ting, I en­joy the chal­lenge, the way it messes with your head at times! That’s my pref­er­ence.

“But it’s a team game and it’s what is best needed for the team.You want to win tro­phies to­gether. It’s to be de­cided yet.”

In the long-term, Jen­nings would love to open for Eng­land along­side his Lan­cashire team-mate Haseeb Hameed.

He added: “I have loved work­ing with Haseeb over the win­ter. Hope­fully we can grow a part­ner­ship at the top of the or­der.

“Who knows, it could be a part­ner­ship for the next 17 or 18 years!

“We can grow to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial at the top of the or­der.

“You need to score runs for your county to be con­sid­ered to play for Eng­land. So it is all about putting in those match­win­ning per­for­mances for Lancs to get recog­nised.

“This is a new en­vi­ron­ment and chal­lenge. Hope­fully, it will kick me on to new heights.

“Like the ma­jor­ity of de­ci­sions in life, you make a choice and hope it all works out.

“The chal­lenge of cricket stays the same. As a bats­man, you are fac­ing a ball, try­ing to hit it the same way.

"But now this is a new en­vi­ron­ment and chal­lenge.

“I am ex­cited to work with Glen Chap­ple. I re­mem­ber fac­ing him as a player and think­ing 'this guy can re­ally play' so as a bats­man I am look­ing for­ward to pick­ing his brain.

“He was a fan­tas­tic crick­eter and from what I have heard from the lads al­ready, he is great be­ing in charge too.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with guys like Dane Vi­las and Shiv­nar­ine Chan­der­paul – guys who have achieved a lot in their ca­reers and peo­ple I can learn from and add to my game.”

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