Kieswetter has huge future - Cook

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Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter wins even more admirers with a maiden ODI century - less than a week after making his England debut

Alastair Cook predicted a sparkling England career for Craig Kieswetter after he hit a maiden one-day hundred in only his third game at international level.

The Somerset wicketkeeper failed in the opening two matches of the series following his late addition to the England limited-overs squad.

But he provided a graphic illustration of his considerable ability with a superb 107 in yesterday’s 45-run win over Bangladesh in Chittagong to seal a 3-0 series triumph.

Having forged his reputation on powerful strokeplay, particularly during England Lions’ recent tour of the United Arab Emirates, Kieswetter demonstrated his versatility with a mature 123-ball innings which gathered pace late on.

For captain Cook, it served as evidence that Kieswetter possesses the temperament as well as the talent to succeed at the top.

"It was a very impressive knock from Craig, totally different to the way he has been playing," Cook said in the aftermath of his first series win as skipper.

"To adapt your game and to play the situation is pretty much exactly what international cricket is all about. He's got a huge future in international cricket."

Cook claimed not to be overly concerned by Kevin Pietersen’s continuing struggles: he managed 22 off 36 balls yesterday at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, and 41 runs in three games.

Pietersen fell lbw to left-arm Abdur Razzak yesterday for the second match in a row, but Cook – leading the side in the absence of the rested Andrew Strauss – retains the utmost faith in his star batsman.

“I don't have any worries; he's still our best player," Cook said. “Okay, he's had a disappointing series this week but it's been a quick series.

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Alastair Cook and company celebrate victory over Bangladesh in Chittagong - and a 3-0 whitewash in his first series in charge

“He had a slightly dodgy decision in the first game and then a couple of good balls. Everyone knows how batting works - sometimes it's just not your day.

“He's had three average games but you only have to watch our practice sessions to see how hard he works. I wouldn't be surprised if a big score is just around the corner.”

With the limited-overs leg of the tour completed, attention now turns to the two-Test series which begins in Chittagong next Friday.

As part of their preparations, England meet Bangladesh A in a three-day warm-up starting tomorrow, but they are carrying two significant injuries.

Both Graham Onions and Stuart Broad, the first-choice new ball pairing, have been ruled out of the practice match with back complaints, although scans revealed no serious damage.

Assessing the disruption to his bowling plans, Cook said: “It's good news that the scans show no major structural damage.

"We'll have to see how the spasms settle down. Hopefully they'll release and they will be fit (for the first Test).

"Ideally they need some overs under their belt in the three-day game but we can't have that so we're going to play it by ear."

Tim Bresnan, originally picked for the one-day squad only, has been asked to stay on and Middlesex pace bowler Steven Finn will arrive in Bangladesh today as additional cover.

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