Kieswetter wins England nod as one-day wicketkeeper

Craig Kieswetter made a century in only his third one-day International on the tour of Bangladesh and continued to impress during the World T20 tournament in the Caribbean. He has been earmarked for a role at the top of the order and I am sure he will be relishing the opportunity to test himself against high quality opposition.

Geoff Miller, England's National Selector

Craig Kieswetter’s role in helping England seucre their ICC World Twenty20 triumph has earned him a promotion to batsman-wicketkeeper for the forthcoming NatWest one-day international series against Australia.

The Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman made a major contribution towards England ending their wait for a global tournament success in the Caribbean, and his efforts there have persuaded the selectors to also give him the gloves for the 50-overs squad having previously played him as a specialist batsman in that format.

His promotion has ensured Matt Prior was overlooked for the 13-man squad and there were four changes from the Twenty20 squad, with captain Andrew Strauss replacing Michael Lumb, Ian Bell taking over from Ravi Bopara, while both Ajmal Shahzad and James Tredwell are also overlooked and are expected to feature for England Lions.

"Craig Kieswetter made a century in only his third one-day International on the tour of Bangladesh and continued to impress during the World T20 tournament in the Caribbean," explained Geoff Miller, England’s National Selector

"He has been earmarked for a role at the top of the order and I am sure he will be relishing the opportunity to test himself against high quality opposition."

Kieswetter is expected to open alongside returning captain Strauss, who does not play international Twenty20 cricket, as England attempt to build on their success in the West Indies in the one-day international against Scotland in Edinburgh on June 19 followed by five matches against reigning world champions Australia.

Miller said: "We’re very pleased with the progress our one-day squad has made under the leadership of Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower over the past 18 months and the challenge facing the squad now is to maintain the form they showed over the winter against the world’s number one side in 50-overs cricket.

"We have named a slightly smaller squad for this summer’s NatWest Series than in previous years as our own programme closely mirrors the England Lions’ schedule for their triangular series against India ‘A’ and West Indies ‘A’.

"We will draw on additional players from the Lions squad if required and will also consider using the Lions programme to give non playing members of the One-Day squad match practice where appropriate. "

England One-Day Squad: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, capt), James Anderson (Lancashire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset, wkt),  Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire),  Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Luke Wright (Sussex), Michael Yardy (Sussex).

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