All paces work for Kieswetter
England's new Twenty20 wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter spoke to ECBtv
Craig Kieswetter admits that his maiden hundred for England felt like vindication for reining in his naturally aggressive approach.
The 22-year-old Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman was catapulted into the England squad for the three one-day internationals against Bangladesh on the back of his astonishing form for England Lions.
Single-figure scores in the first two matches left him feeling “under the pump”, but he responded with great character to score a maiden international hundred in Chittagong.
At 123 balls, his 107 was certainly not pedestrian, but it came at a more restrained pace than usual.
“It was nice to get a hundred; I was feeling a bit under the pump in the first two knocks,” he told ECBtv at Somerset’s pre-season press call.
“More so mentally, as I had to adapt my game. But the (England) set-up is brilliant - they’re really welcoming and it was nice to get some runs in the end.
“I think it was quite a few things (that made me nervous). Cooky (Alastair Cook) was playing my role, I thought, as obviously I’d come in with a bigger-hitting role to play.
“But it was quite easy to slip into a new role. Here at the County Ground, Tres (Marcus Trescothick) usually takes the lead, so playing second fiddle was quite easy.”
There was more good news for Kieswetter this week as he was named the solitary wicketkeeper for England’s World Twenty20 campaign in the Caribbean, which begins at the end of the month.
Before that, he has targeted consistent run-making for Somerset to push his case for a Test debut later in the summer.
“Obviously I want to be playing Test cricket, so I’ll be looking to put in some solid and consistent performances and just keep knocking on the door,” he said.
South Africa-born Kieswetter only qualified to play for England in February, but he was pleased to see a Somerset boy, Trescothick, take on the responsibility of leading his county.
Kieswetter said: “I think he’ll be fine. It’s great for Somerset to have the home boy as captain. He’s an inspiration not just to me but all the others.”
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