By Guy Williams, The Cricket Paper

Considering his family’s pedigree in professional sport – Jack leaning’s father, Andy, played as a goalkeeper in the Football League for 15 years – Yorkshire’s middle order batsman has the perfect background to establish a long-term successful career.

Capped in 2016, the 24-year-old right-hander, The Cricket Writers’ Club Young Player of the Year in 2015, learnt from his father (282 apps for York City, Sheffield United, Bristol City, Lincoln City and Chesterfield between 1985-2000) how quickly fortunes can change in sport.

After one Championship game in 2013, Leaning’s runs began to make an impact the following season (465 in 10 games) as Yorkshire went on to win the Championship; 2015 was even more productive – 922 runs with three hundreds at an average of 40-with Leaning playing a major role as Yorkshire retained the Championship title.

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