Craig Kieswetter, the Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman, has been included in the England Performance Programme squad and will spend eight weeks training at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough and South Africa's High Performance Centre in Pretoria in November and December.

The programme involves 42 players who have been divided into groups according to their experience. Kieswetter will join 10 others in the B group, which comprises players with first-class experience with an estimated one to three years' development, before potentially graduating to the England team.

Kieswetter, part of the South African Under-19 squad for the World Cup in 2005-06, later shifted base to England, whom he will be eligible to represent from February 2010. He has been widely talked about in England domestic circles for his strong, clean striking, especially in the one-day game where he has formed a formidable opening partnership with Marcus Trescothick.

He was the second-highest run-scorer for Somerset in the County Championship with 1242 runs at 59.14 with four hundred and seven fifties.