Player Profile: Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter

Date of birth:

November 28, 1987

Teams Represented:

England, England Lions, Somerset, South Africa U-19s

Batting style:

Right-hand bat

Bowling style:

N/A

Kieswetter, another of England’s South Africa-born converts, has recently struck his maiden ODI ton for England but if former skipper Michael Vaughan had his way, the 22-year-old wouldn’t be anywhere near the national setup.

“I do have a problem when the likes of Jonathan Trott (play for England) and Kieswetter, who’s played for the South African Under-19s,” said Vaughan.

“It’s very, very difficult to stop them. I would like to see, in an ideal world, 11 complete Englishmen in the team but I don’t think that’s ever going to be the case.”

Whether you agree with Vaughan or not, Kieswetter’s talent is unquestionable. The Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman chose to pursue a career in England when he was 18 and he has been making waves ever since.

Millfield School nurtured him through his early time in England before he scored a half century on his Somerset debut in April 2007. Three productive county seasons followed and his last, in 2009, yielded 1,242 runs at a fraction under 60 in the Championship.

Although his runs have been scored on the batsman-friendly tracks at Taunton, his recent showings have vindicated the England selectors rewarding him with a place on the Lions tour of UAE.

Just after becoming eligible for England in February 2010 he hit 81 as the England Lions beat the senior side in Abu Dhabi. Media speculation was rife regarding his possible elevation to the full squad and, as was widely expected, he was added to the Tour of Bangladesh.

On his first innings on the tour he opened the batting against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI and scored a career-best 143. Geoff Miller has consistently selected players in form and Kieswetter made his full international debut in the first ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Eyebrows were soon being raised after a couple of low scores but Kieswetter repaid the selectors’ faith with a century in his third ODI as England wrapped up the series 3-0. With some valuable experience now under his belt, Kieswetter could feature prominently in this year’s World Twenty20 championships.

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