Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jennings Has a Lot of Thinking to Do on Relegation Clause in Contract

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jennings Has a Lot of Thinking to Do on Relegation Clause in Contract

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DURHAM'S Keaton Jennings could yet invoke the relegation clause he inserted into his four-year contract with the troubled side.

Durham were relegated to Specsavers County Championship Division Two and hit with points deductions in all formats for next season, as well as losing their Test status, after accepting a financial bailout from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Jennings, a left-handed opening batsman, was the leading runscorer in Division One last summer after hitting 1,548 runs at an average of 64.5. His breakthrough summer featured seven hundreds, including a double century against Yorkshire, to prompt his call-up to the England Lions squad this winter.

The 24-year-old, who was named cricket writers' player of the year for 2016, said his immediate focus was on the England Lions' tour to the United Arab Emirates and he has not yet made a decision on his county future.

Jennings said: "At the end of the day everything's open. But it (leaving) is not something I would like to happen, because I love Durham and the guys at Durham.

"It's been a long summer and I've got a lot of thinking to do over the next two or three weeks and a lot of conversations to have.

"At the moment I'm really excited to be here, with the Lions. I'm really excited for the next month or two and I want to focus on that first."

Jennings' contract extension was announced in August, before the depth of Durham's troubles became fully apparent.

Durham only made their county debut in 1992 and have been one of the most successful clubs in the past decade. However, they begin next season with a 48-point deduction in Division Two, while key men Scott Borthwick and Mark Stoneman have both agreed moves to Surrey.

Jennings negotiated the terms of this contract with his father and inserted the relegation clause in the event of mass departures following a playing regulation. …

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