Kieswetter savours the simple life
Craig Kieswetter has put his carefree strokeplay during the ICC World Twenty20 down to the unwavering confidence shown in him by Andy Flower and Paul Collingwood.
The England wicketkeeper has struck up an exciting opening partnership with Michael Lumb and their positive approach at the top of the innings has been a key factor in the team's success.
Never was that more evident than in England's semi-final victory over Sri Lanka where the pair put on 68 in eight overs, a stand which helped propel Collingwood's side to a comfortable seven-wicket win.
"Both the captain and coach back us completely, which is a real confidence boost for me," Kieswetter told ecb.co.uk.
"They have told us to keep it simple and to go and enjoy ourselves."
The Somerset man is relishing life against the new ball and rather graciously points to Lumb as one of the reasons he is doing so well.
"It's going really well," he added. "Lumby takes the pressure off me when he bats. He's an attacking player and very experienced in Twenty20 cricket, having also played in the IPL recently.
"With him being so aggressive I don't need to be so attacking, although we do try and share the load."
Kieswetter and Lumb first joined forces three months ago, ironically against England when they helped England Lions upset the odds in Abu Dhabi.
Kieswetter scored a wonderful 81 that evening while Lumb, who retired briefly after being struck by Stuart Broad, returned to hit the final two balls for four to seal a thrilling victory.
"That was the first time we batted together," he recalled. "We clicked early on and feel comfortable batting together. We have confidence in each other.
"Our batting line-up is strong. Everyone from one to ten can hit sixes which is a great thing. We shouldn't forget Siddy [Ryan Sidebottom], though - I've watched him in the nets and he can hit it as far as anyone."
England's win over Sri Lanka, rated by Kieswetter as "our best of the tournament so far", was set up by the bowlers, who restricted their formidable opponents to a modest 128 for six.
"It was a good all-round performance," he said before lauding England's impressive attack.
"As wicketkeeper I have the best view in the house and they have made my life really easy by bowling so well.
"They talk about how they are going to bowl and have executed their plans fantastically. They put in a lot of hard work away from the games though.
"All the variations in pace make it harder for me but that's part of the job. I need to stay switched on and concentrate every ball. I'm in the centre of it all."
And so on to Barbados for Sunday's final against Australia, where England have the chance to break their duck and win a first global tournament at the umpteenth time of asking.
Kieswetter, though, insists he and the team are not feeling any pressure whatsoever and will instead try to savour the experience.
"We are all pretty relaxed and not thinking too much about that," he said. "We have talked about keeping things simple and enjoying ourselves, so hopefully we can continue to do that.
"Barbados has more bounce than St Lucia and hopefully that should suit our style of cricket a bit more. We beat South Africa and Pakistan there so Barbados has gone really well for us.
"We are all excited about the final. We weren't too bothered who we played. Australia will try and hit us hard with their pace. We respect them."