Craig Kieswetter hopes his performances for England Lions can book his place for April’s World Twenty20 in the Caribbean as he qualifies for England selection today.
With Andy Flower reiterating places are still up for grabs yesterday, the South African-born wicketkeeper will have another chance to impress the England coach tomorrow, when he opens against the full England team in a warm-up game in Abu Dhabi.
Kieswetter has scored 117 runs in two matches for the Lions against Pakistan A and will be hoping his work with Bruce French – the coach responsible for Matt Prior’s improved glovework – will help push his case for further international recognition.
Kieswetter told The Daily Telegraph: “I want to be seen as an allrounder who provides two facets to the team, and my keeping and my batting are getting close together.
“I feel I am getting there and funnily enough it is probably my batting that has dropped off. It is a see-saw game for me as I try to balance the two.”
Despite completing a four-year qualification period, his selection for South Africa in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup will not endear him to fans wary of the influx of South African-born players representing England.
Fans favourite Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott have made the same move to committing to England however and Kieswetter is well aware of the advice both can pass on.
He said: “I am trying to emulate them by playing and excelling consistently in international cricket for England.”
“I would love to have a chat [with them]. Hopefully I can get that opportunity this week.”