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Kieswetter plays the long game

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Mushfiqur Rahim & Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter freed his arms after losing his captain to a run-out at Trent Bridge, but a patchy 32 did not satisfy him

Craig Kieswetter accepts he is on a steep learning curve at the top level as he continues to discover the finer points of one-day international cricket.

Since being summoned by his adopted country in February, the Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman has already enjoyed some enviable highs.

Having masterminded England Lions’ win over their senior rivals in Abu Dhabi, he scored a century in just his third ODI and went on to play a starring role as an opener in the victorious ICC World Twenty20 campaign.

But Australia underlined that work is still to be done, with his five innings in the last NatWest Series yielding 69 runs at an average of 13.8.

The 22-year-old began to build a meaningful score in yesterday’s first ODI against Bangladesh but fell for 32 looking to clear the midwicket boundary at Trent Bridge.

He has two more chances to get it right against the Tigers, starting at Bristol tomorrow and concluding at Edgbaston on Monday, but admits he is still finding his feet on the international stage.

“I am obviously relatively new to one-day international cricket and it has been interesting,” he said.

“Standing in the field for 50 overs is a test because that is more than a whole Twenty20 game in itself.

“But Australia are the number one one-day side in the world and it was a fantastic experience playing against them.

“Playing them was a very tactical series, more so than playing county cricket or against the lesser nations.

“I learned a bit tactically about pacing an innings and getting the side off to the best possible start.

“You don’t necessarily have to be 50 for nought after five, you can be 25 for nought after seven and it is still a pretty good start.

“I didn’t get the runs I wanted to but learned a lot from the five games and I feel I am constantly improving, which is all I can ask.”

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