Kieswetter committed to England

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Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter insists playing for England remains his ambition - despite Graeme Smith's "flattering" comments

Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has underlined his commitment to play for England despite interest from South Africa.

The 21-year-old, born in Johannesburg to a Scottish mother, does not qualify for England duty until February, but has been included in this winter’s England Performance Programme squad on the back of a hugely successful domestic summer.

South Africa captain Graeme Smith this week revealed his admiration for Kieswetter and admitted the Proteas “want him back” as they search for a successor behind the stumps to 33-year-old Mark Boucher.

Kieswetter, however, insists he has no intention of playing for the country of his birth.

“It is very flattering to hear someone of Graeme Smith’s stature speak so highly of me but I remain committed to playing international cricket for England and that remains my ambition."

Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose welcomed the news, adding: “He’s a very exciting prospect and everyone at Somerset, from the players to the members and the supporters, will be delighted he remains committed to helping Somerset achieve further success and hopefully go on to play for England.”

Kieswetter scored 1,242 runs at an average of 59.14 in the LV= County Championship this season, and 2,124 in all competitions to force himself into the England selectors’ thinking.

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