Kieswetter lives for the moment

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Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter plays one of several authoritative strokes in a debut England century he hopes will endure long in his mind

Craig Kieswetter vowed to savour his first international century before conceding he had no idea when he would next represent England.

The 22-year-old opener was a late addition to the limited-overs squad in Bangladesh, having forced a promotion from the Lions through sheer weight of runs.

He made good on those first impressions as England completed a series whitewash with a 45-run win in the third one-day international against Bangladesh, cracking nine fours and three mighty sixes in his 107.

Although clearly delighted by his knock, the Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman is unwilling to give too much thought to his next appearance in the spotlight. Competition for places is set to intensify with the return of captain Andrew Strauss in the summer.

Although Kieswetter is on the 30-strong shortlist for the World Twenty20 next month, he has yet to play for England in the shortest format.

Reflecting on his prospects, Kieswetter said: “It’s obviously really nice to get a hundred under my belt, especially so early in my career.

“It’s something I’m going to cherish and the fact that we won the game and the series means a lot too.

“But I’m not trying not to look that far ahead right now. At the moment I’m just looking forward to going back to Somerset and putting in some solid pre-season performances down there.

“If I get selected (by England) I’ll be really chuffed and really excited but I’m just taking every day as it comes.”

Matt Prior took the gloves in all three ODIs but Kieswetter was handed a chance behind the stumps in the second warm-up match in Fatullah.

Alastair Cook

England's stand-in skipper Alastair Cook was pleased with his own contribution during the triumphant one-day series

Prior has been established as team director Andy Flower’s first-choice wicketkeeper across the formats for some time now, but Kieswetter is up for the challenge.

“Matty Prior has been taking the keeping to the next level and he’s doing a fantastic job at the moment,” said Kieswetter of his team-mate.

“But for me it’s about trying to score as many runs as I can and trying to push him in training with the gloves.”

Cook, who made 32 in today’s match on the back of consecutive half-centuries, hailed Kieswetter’s knock and admits competition for places will be tough.

“We can only score runs and put pressure on selectors to make decisions,” said Cook.

“I’d have liked to score a hundred but I’m delighted with my contributions at the top of the order. Selection is out of my hands so I’ll just have to wait my turn, but Straussy is the captain of England so he has to come straight back in.”

Home captain Shakib Al Hasan repeated his belief that the Tigers are an improving force, despite failing in his stated ambition of winning at least one ODI.

“I think we played some good cricket and we came very close in the second game,” said the all-rounder. “But as long as we are improving as a side with our cricket it is good.

“We are very close to winning some games against the bigger teams but at the moment we are still making little mistakes.

“We must work on that and hopefully if we do improve a little we can win some games.”

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