The way Craig Kieswetter has been performing in the ongoing Natwest T20 Blast Competition, he might be in the England squad for the next T20 international that the Three Lions play.
The Somerset man has been ultra consistent in the shortest form of the game in England’s domestic circuit and this is not his story for this year only. He had done the same last year too and that’s why he was able to make it to the England World T20 Championship squad earlier this year when a player from the original squad had got injured.
However, one thing is for sure that even if Kieswetter returns in the English side this summer in the limited versions of the game, he would not be returning as a wicketkeeper batsman. That’s because Jos Buttler has already established himself in that role in both the One Day International and T20 teams of England.
So, Kieswetter would be called back as a specialist batter and that’s actually not such a bad thing for him. He would not have the pressure to show his skills behind the stumps and thus, he would manage to focus on his batting more.
However, there is one weakness in Kieswetter’s batting which the English domestic cricket experts often talk about. He seems to be fine when the field is up because in that scenario, he pierces the infield quite regularly with the help of his brute power and gets fours, but, once the field goes back at the end of the power play, he starts struggling to find boundaries.
Even in the T20 Blast competition this year, it has been seen that his strike rate remains very high in the first 6 overs and then, it comes down in the middle phase of the innings. So, it’s something which he needs to work on.