Raymond Vernon Jennings (born 9 August 1954 in Vanderbijlpark) is a former South African cricketer. He was one of South Africa’s leading wicket-keepers during the suspension of the South African national team from international cricket during the apartheid era.
In October 2004 Jennings was appointed coach of South Africa on a short-term contract, he had previously coached South Africa A. Under Jennings, South Africa played four Test series, losing to India and England before beating Zimbabwe and the West Indies. At the end of the West Indies tour he was replaced by Mickey Arthur.
He coached the Under-19 team in the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia before taking over as coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the second season of the IPL.
|First-class span||1973/74 – 1992/93|
|List A span||1980/81 – 1992/93|
Ray Jennings’s career as a wicket-batsman almost entirely spanned South Africa’s year of isolation. For Transvaal and Northern Transvaal he was an ever-present , and he was South Africa’s No. 1 for more than a decade, but limited to 14 appearances for his country against rebel touring sides. When South Africa returned to the fold he was expected to be handed the gloves, even though he was then 38, as much as a reward for his service as anything, but the selectors opted to pick Dave Richardson. Jennings, a fitness fanatic and disciplinarian, started coaching at Gauteng before moving to Easterns and from there to South Africa A. His appointment as South Africa’s coach came in October 2004, surprising many as he had a reputation as speaking too bluntly for some of a more sensitive nature which has more than once landed him in hot water. He coached the Under-19 team in the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia before taking over as coach of the Bangalore Royal Challengers for the second season of the IPL.
Martin Williamson (October 2008)