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Full name Craig Kieswetter
Born November 28, 1987, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Current age 25 years 176 days
Major teams England, England Lions, Somerset, South Africa Under-19s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Millfield School, Bishops (Diocesan College)
|ODI debut||Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Feb 28, 2010 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v England at Ranchi, Jan 19, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||West Indies v England at Providence, May 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v New Zealand at Pallekele, Sep 29, 2012 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Somerset v Derbyshire at Taunton, May 2-5, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Somerset v Warwickshire at Taunton, Apr 25-28, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Somerset v Glamorgan at Taunton, Apr 22, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||India v England at Ranchi, Jan 19, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Warwickshire v Somerset at Birmingham, Jun 22, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||England v New Zealand at Pallekele, Sep 29, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 3c/0s, 59*, 0c/0s||Somerset||v Warwickshire||Taunton||25 Apr 2013||FC|
|43, 3c/0s, 1||Somerset||v Surrey||The Oval||17 Apr 2013||FC|
|3c/0s, 21, 5c/0s, 72||Somerset||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||10 Apr 2013||FC|
|91, 3c/0s, 0, 0c/0s||Somerset||v Middlesex||Taunton||27 Mar 2013||Other|
|0, 0c/0s||England||v India||Ranchi||19 Jan 2013||ODI # 3322|
|0c/0s, 18||England||v India||Kochi||15 Jan 2013||ODI # 3320|
|24*, 2c/0s||England||v India||Rajkot||11 Jan 2013||ODI # 3318|
|41*, 0c/0s||England XI||v Delhi||Delhi||8 Jan 2013||LA|
|0c/1s, 0||England XI||v India A||Delhi||6 Jan 2013||LA|
|8, 0c/0s||EPP||v Netherlands||Pune||16 Dec 2012||Other T20|
Like a number of players before him, Craig Kieswetter, a hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman, chose England ahead of South Africa. He joined Somerset when he was 18 and made his international debut four years later, little more than a week after qualifying for England. He was England's answer at the top of the order, helping them win the 2010 World Twenty20 and rise up the one-day rankings. But his form stuttered and he was dropped after the India tour in January 2013.
He played for South Africa at the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, scoring 123 runs at 30.75 before coming to Millfield School. He made his Somerset first-team debut in April 2007, scoring 69 not out off 58 balls and taking a catch his coach described as "world class". The batsmen-friendly conditions at Taunton aided his attacking instincts and in the 2009 English season, his last before he qualified, he scored 1,242 runs at a 59.14 in the County Championship as well as averaging almost 50 in one-day cricket.
The selectors, who had been watching for some time, rewarded him with a place on the Lions tour of UAE although Geoff Miller did caution that England "had to be careful about the number of South Africans in the side". Yet Kieswetter was undeterred and repeated his allegiance to England when Graeme Smith said he'd like to him to come back to South Africa.
The day after he became eligible for England in February 2010 he hit 81 against the senior side in Abu Dhabi, enough to earn a rapid elevation to the full squad for Bangladesh where his first innings of the tour was the small matter of 143. It was a promising sign. He made a century in his third ODI, against Bangladesh before playing a crucial role in delivering England's first ever global limited-overs success in the World Twenty20. Alongside Michael Lumb, Kieswetter powered England to aggressive starts, making 22 runs in the tournament, the fourth-highest tally, including a Man-of-the-Match winning 63 in the final against Australia.
But that proved his high water mark. In his next 18 T20s for England, Kieswetter made only two half-centuries and was eventually dropped for the crucial World T20 tie against Sri Lanka in 2012. Jos Buttler took his place and Buttler eventually usurped him from the ODI side too.
Kieswetter initially thrived in the ODI side, averaging 51.00 in the five-match series at home to Sri Lanka in 2011 but in his next 23 innings made only two half-centuries. Struggling in India could be forgiven and he didn't get too many chances in subsequent series that England dominated against Pakistan and Australia as he was moved down the order. But with his wicketkeeping not the sharpest, the calls for change grew after a top score of 33 in four innings against South Africa. He went back to India in January 2013 but was dropped for the final two ODIs and was then left out of the tour to New Zealand under new one-day coach Ashley Giles.
Sahil Dutta and ESPNcricinfo staff
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