Craig Kieswetter

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Craig Kieswetter
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Personal information
Full name Craig Kieswetter
Born (1987-11-28) 28 November 1987 (age 27)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Nickname Hobnob[1]
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Wicket keeper
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 214) 28 February 2010 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 19 January 2013 v India
ODI shirt no. 22
T20I debut (cap 49) 5 May 2010 v West Indies
Last T20I 29 September 2012 v New Zealand
T20I shirt no. 22
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present Somerset (squad no. 22)
2013–2014 Brisbane Heat
2014 Warriors
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 46 25 115 134
Runs scored 1,054 526 5,728 4,254
Batting average 30.11 21.91 39.23 39.38
100s/50s 1/5 0/3 11/31 11/17
Top score 107 63 164 143
Balls bowled 54 12
Wickets 2 1
Bowling average 14.50 19.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/3 1/19
Catches/stumpings 53/12 17/3 331/12 136/26
Source: CricketArchive, 26 September 2014

Craig Kieswetter (born 28 November 1987) is an English cricketer of South African and Scottish heritage. He is a wicket-keeper batsman. An aggressive batsman, he began his career with the South Africa Under-19s, before stating that he wished to play international cricket for England. He began playing county cricket for Somerset in 2007. He made his full international debut in February 2010, just over two weeks after qualifying for England.


Early life and career[edit]

Kieswetter was born in Johannesburg to an Afrikaner father and Scottish mother. He grew up in South Africa, studying at Diocesan College in Cape Town, and played cricket for Western Province between the ages of 13 to 18. Disappointed with the way he was treated by the provincial team, who had asked him to play two or three years of club cricket before returning to them, Kieswetter decided to pursue his cricket career in England.[2] He studied for a year at Millfield, where he gained his A-levels. While at Millfield, former Somerset bowler Mark Davis spotted him, and he was quickly signed by the county.[3] He represented South Africa in the Under-19s World Cup in Sri Lanka, and won a Man of the Match award in the game against USA for his innings of 80 off just 66 balls.[4]

Early Somerset career[edit]

Kieswetter impressed throughout 2006, scoring 245 runs at an average of over 40 for Somerset Second XI.[5] His performances were so strong that Somerset chose to release Sam Spurway at the start of the 2007 season, and named Kieswetter alongside Carl Gazzard as their two wicketkeepers. That season he made his one-day debut for Somerset against Glamorgan in early April, where he made 69 not out off 58 deliveries and took a catch described as "world class" by Somerset's director of cricket, Brian Rose.[3] He made his first-class debut the following month, keeping wicket while Derbyshire made 801-8d and scoring a useful 63 in the Somerset reply.

He continued to perform well throughout the 2007 and 2008, claiming the NBC Denis Compton Award for Somerset in both seasons,[1] scoring regular fifties in both first-class[6] and one-day[7] cricket. Notable among these was the 93 he scored against Glamorgan while batting at number eight. Coming in with two wickets already having been lost in the over and the score at 250/6, Kieswetter's innings, aided by a partnership of 130 with Andrew Caddick, helped Somerset to reach 402[8] and eventually win the match.[9]

The 2009 season saw Kieswetter in excellent form. He averaged 65.83 opening the batting in the Friends Provident Trophy, scoring an unbeaten 138 off just 131 balls in the opening group match against Warwickshire.[10] He followed this up with 248 runs in the Twenty20 Cup, which also saw him make five stumpings.[11] He also shone in the County Championship, scoring his maiden first-class century, and scoring 1,242 runs at an average of almost 60.[6] He was awarded his county cap during the final game of the 2009 County Championship against Worcestershire.[12]

International career[edit]

Kieswetter keeping wicket in an ODI against Australia at the Oval in 2010.

Following his strong performances he was awarded a place in the England Lions the day after he qualified for England, and impressed with a rapid 81 in a Twenty20 warm-up match against the full England side. Following England's drawn T20 series with Pakistan, Kieswetter was added to the full international ODI squad on 20 February 2010.[13] He was quickly called up to open the batting on 23 February against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI for his first game with the England team. He scored 143, a career-best, from 123 balls.[14] These performances led to Kieswetter's selection for the first ODI against Bangladesh on 28 February. Opening the innings alongside captain Alastair Cook, Kieswetter struggled in his first over, edging a chance that was missed by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, and surviving a leg before wicket appeal two balls later.[15] He made 19 runs in an innings described by Cricinfo‍ '​s Andrew Miller as "tinged with nerves" and "chancy".[16] In the next match, two days later, Kieswetter was dropped by Mushfiqur Rahim off a first-ball thick edge that went for four, before presenting a similar thick-edge to first-slip who took the catch.[17] In the third match, however, he scored his first international century – 107 runs which helped England to 284/5 and a 45 run victory. England took the series 3–0.[18] In contrast to the "hard-hitting batting"[13] which England selector Geoff Miller had cited as one of the reasons for his inclusion, Kieswetter's century was built with patience after a nervous start.[19]

Kieswetter then helped England become the ICC World Twenty20 champions, hitting 63 in the final against Australia and earning the Man of the Match award.[20] He had a successful tournament opening with Michael Lumb, scoring 222 runs at 31.71. Back in England, Kieswetter's form dipped, and he scored 121 runs from eights ODIs against Australia and Bangladesh.[21] As a result when England played five ODIs against Pakistan in September Kieswetter was omitted and Worcestershire's Steven Davies preferred, although he was selected in the T20I squad.[22] After showing good form for Somerset, Kieswetter was recalled to England's squad to face Sri Lanka in five ODIs and a T20I in June 2011, taking over wicket-keeping duties from Matt Prior.[23]

Later Somerset career[edit]

On 13 July 2014, Kieswetter suffered a broken nose and fractured cheek bone following a blow from a bouncer, delivered by David Willey, during the opening day of a County Championship match against Northamptonshire.[24] Having recovered from a fractured orbital socket,[25] Kieswetter returned to the Somerset side before the end of the 2014 season.[26] Kieswetter signed for South African franchise Warriors as their overseas player to play in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge for the 2014–15 season.[27] On 10 December 2014, despite having been named in England's 30-man provisional 2015 Cricket World Cup squad, Kieswetter revealed that he was still suffering vision problems and announced plans to withdraw from all professional cricket for the next year.[28]

Batting style[edit]

Kieswetter batting against Worcestershire in 2010.

Kieswetter's confident batting style has been compared to that of fellow South African-born batsman Kevin Pietersen,[29] displaying power, cheek and a penchant for hitting large sixes. Although he favours the off-side,[30] he is strong behind square on both sides, and stands with a typical South African stance, his bat held high.[3] Somerset have experimented with Kieswetter throughout the order, trying to find the most effective place for him. By the end of the 2007 season, although still a middle order first-class batsman, Kieswetter regularly found himself opening the batting alongside Marcus Trescothick in one-day cricket, a role he would also take up in opening six matches of the 2009 Twenty20 Cup, although he later dropped back into the middle order to improve the balance of the side.[31]

On his international call-up, England chose to utilise Kieswetter as an opening batsman. He was selected "because of his proven ability to pierce the field in the Powerplay overs, particularly with his booming drives up and over the covers."[32]


One Day International centuries:

Craig Kieswetter's One Day International Centuries
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 107 3  Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 2010


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