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ICC World T20 2014: ‘Lucky’ Craig Kieswetter may add options to England squad

Craig Kieswetter (above) will replace Luke Wright in the England line-up for ICC World T20 2014 © Getty Images
Craig Kieswetter (above) will replace Luke Wright in the England line-up for ICC World T20 2014 © Getty Images

Mar 25, 2014

It looks like lady luck has smiled on Craig Kieswetter as he has been gifted an opportunity to star for England in the ICC World T20 2014 in Bangladesh thanks to an injury to Luke Wright.

Kieswetter who plies his trade for Somerset in the English County Championship was only informed about his being drafted in during a warm-up game against Worcestershire and will only be too happy to play for his nation as it provides him an opportunity to shine in the T20 extravaganza, reports independent.co.uk.

The 26-year old all-rounder seems like an ideal choice for England in T20s considering his prowess with both ball and bat, and looks like the perfect back-up for a team that has been struggling to find rhythm in recent matches.

Though his chances of playing in the first eleven is not confirmed as of yet, still Kieswetter provides head-coach Ashley Giles an option to at least score some quick runs in the dying stages given his fondness of going for big and lusty hits and also may prove to be the solution to England’s six hitting woes in T20s.

England have not enjoyed the ideal start to the tournament as they were beaten by nine runs against New Zealand in a rain affected game at Chittagong and if things are anything to go by then neither their batting nor bowling looks promising enough to win them the tournament.

But the good thing is that Kieswetter was part of the England squad at the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012 and has relevant experience of trying to add value to the current England squad gasping for breath against quality opposition.

“It was a definite surprise to the call-up, I was busy playing a warm-up against Worcestershire and was batting at the time. It’s certainly a different climate here, the first thing I had to do was throw the hand-warmers out of the bag and put the cool stuff in. But it’s always great to get the call, I’ve been out for 12 months or more so to be back, I’m delighted,” said Kieswetter about the sudden call-up.

“First and foremost the most important thing is to be involved again, to be around the team is always a good thing. I’ve got a couple of practice sessions before the next game so I’ll do as well as I can to put my hat in the ring,” added Kieswetter.

For the record Kieswetter scored a fine century against Bangladesh in only his third One-Day International (ODI) match in 2010 and made vital contributions during England’s triumph in the ICC World T20 in 2010 in the West Indies.

Though he enjoyed a fine start to his career still a slump in form meant that he was soon overtaken by other candidates namely Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow in the England reckoning.

“I think being thrust in at such a young age as I was, there would always be rough patches. I had to find a way to deal with that, go away and work at aspects I needed to improve and I feel I’ve worked pretty hard these last 12 months or so. So to be back is quite a special thing and shows the work I’m doing is paying off,” signed off Kieswetter.

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Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

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