Kieswetter's spirits not dampened
Craig Kieswetter is not perturbed that yesterday’s washout at Edgbaston means England cannot go to the top of the one-day international rankings in the NatWest Series against Australia.
A 5-0 whitewash would have seen the hosts replace Michael Clarke’s side at the top of the International Cricket Council standings.
As it is, Alastair Cook’s team tonight headed for the north-east 2-0 up ahead of Saturday’s game at the Emirates Durham ICG and Tuesday’s series finale at Old Trafford.
However, Kieswetter is not bemoaning the weather for robbing England of their chance to go top of the world in all three formats - an unprecedented achievement for any country.
He knows, if they are good enough, that opportunity will come again. After a fourth washed-out day of scheduled international cricket at Edgbaston this summer, though, midlands supporters may have to wait a little longer for their just rewards.
“It was extremely frustrating,” said the wicketkeeper. “We want to be playing games of cricket, and especially against Australia.
“At Edgbaston, with the crowd as loyal and patriotic as it is, it would have been a great couple of hours playing some good cricket. We were bitterly disappointed - but we can’t control the weather.”
As for that third number one spot, to go with England’s Test and Twenty20 supremacy, Kieswetter is both confident and patient.
“There’s been a fair bit of talk flying around that if we beat the Aussies 5-0 we’d be number one in the world in all three formats,” he added.
“It’s exciting but it’s not really something we’ve sat down and discussed as a one-day side. I really wasn’t aware of it until we beat the Aussies at the Oval.
“It would have been an amazing, fantastic achievement - but for us it’s not something we’ve highlighted. We’re just trying to improve our skills as a one-day side.
“It’s about trying to keep that winning run going. If we can do that then the rankings will take care of themselves. It’s not something we’re focusing on.”
Kieswetter is, however, very much focused on pushing Matt Prior for the Test keeping spot.
Speaking of his Test aspirations, Kieswetter said: “They have always been strong. They never wavered, even when I had a slight dip in form and got left out of the one-day side.
“I would love to play Test cricket and I have made no attempt to hide that fact. As much as I have to think of one-day cricket as well, four-day and Test cricket is definitely on my radar.
“I have the one-day gloves and the Twenty20 gloves, and Matty Prior has the Test gloves. It’s my job to push him as hard as I can in the Test format.
“I guess I’d be up there in the running. There are a few wicketkeepers around the country, but the fact I have the gloves in two other formats probably puts me in a fairly strong position.”
Kieswetter’s 50-over batting is back on track, it seems, following a move down to number six in - and Kieswetter is enjoying his middle-order partnerships with Eoin Morgan.
“I’m trying to have more dimensions in terms of the areas on the field I am trying to hit to,” he added.
“I’ve got real confidence in myself and Morgs at five and six. We’re really confident in each other, and there is a lot of trust. We’re backing each other to play shots we think are appropriate at the time.
“We trust in other’s game plans and (have) a belief in each other, which is a confidence built from being able to achieve things in crunch times in the game.”