Lancashire have announced that Dane Vilas is standing down as captain – with Keaton Jennings taking up the role.

Jennings has also signed a one-year extension to remain at Old Trafford until the end of the 2025 season.

The 30-year-old joined Lancashire from Durham back in 2018 and has gone on to make 131 appearances in all three formats.

He was the leading run scorer in last season’s County Championship Division One, including a career best of 318 against Somerset in Southport.

Jennings’ consistent performances also earned a recall to the England Test match squad for the tour of Pakistan.

He said: “I am so proud and honoured to have been offered the opportunity to become the next captain of Lancashire Cricket – a club which I have made my home since arriving at Emirates Old Trafford back in 2018.

“Ever since joining, I have been fully aware of how proud this club is of its history and the passion which our members, supporters, players, and staff all share for the Red Rose.

“I am extremely proud to be leading this club into a new chapter and I hope that we are able create more history together.

“On behalf of the entire squad, I would like to thank Dane for his commitment to the job and the backing which he has shown to each of us during his four seasons as captain.

“He has been a massive part of my development as a leader, and I know that I will still be able to call on his experience in the dressing room.”

Vilas led Lancashire to promotion from Division Two and two appearances at Finals Day in the Vitality Blast.

The South African will continue to play for the Red Rose throughout the upcoming season as one of their overseas players.

Head coach Glen Chapple added: “Firstly, I would like to thank Dane for captaining with the club with pride and dedication during the last four seasons.

“As a coaching team, we fully support his decision and feel it is a true testament to Dane’s character that he has made the selfless decision to step down with the team’s best interests at the forefront of his mind. We look forward to continuing to work with Dane as one of our senior players.

“I am delighted that Keaton has accepted our offer to become the new club captain and we are all confident that he will do an excellent job.

“Keaton displayed his leadership qualities during last summer’s run to the One-Day Cup final. He has the full respect of the dressing room and this now feels like a natural next step at the current stage of his career.

“After speaking to Keaton, I know how proud he is to take this role and I am looking forward to working more closely with him as we step up our preparations for the new season and beyond.”