Craig Kieswetter was the man of the match when the England cricket team won their only world cricket title in 2010 – the World T20.
In the game of Somerset against Northants in 2014, the former cricket pro had a face injury that ended that career choice. The ex wicketkeeper batsman retired from the sport after he admitted that the injury had a permanent effect on his eyesight. He turned to pro golf and he has been consistent.
The 29-year old has played three tournaments already as a pro golfer barely two years after calling it quits in cricket. Kieswettersays he has reached his initial ambition when he ventured into the sport after he won a card to the MENA Tour in Asia and North Africa – a third tier tournament.
“As a cricketer, I was a good amateur golfer, playing off two or three. But it was never my idea to go pro. After retiring from cricket, I went back to see family in Cape Town and was feeling a bit lost, not knowing what to do.
“For 26 years all I’d wanted to do was be a pro cricketer. My old man said, ‘You love golf, go to the States, travel around Florida and have fun,’” Kieswetter said. (more…)
Joe Root says that the aggressive Cricket that England is playing is good, but, that shouldn’t be the way they play all the time.
They should be prepared to buckle down as well if that’s what time demands.
While Root acknowledges that England has won aplenty in the recent times playing aggressive Cricket, he believes aggression has also cost England some games.
Root is of the view that if there is a situation where you are out of the game and can’t win, but, can force a draw, there is no point showing aggression in that situation because the aggression is not gaining you anything there.
You can talk about aggression and entertainment as much as possible, but, at the end of the day, your goal is also not to be on the losing side and the supporters don’t want you to be on the losing side either. (more…)
Former cricketer, Craig Kieswetter has announced that he would be venturing into the golfing game in order to try his luck as a professional golfer.
Kieswetter, who was born in South Africa, had moved to England where he went on to establish himself as a wicketkeeper-batsman with Somerset.
He had a reputation for scoring runs quickly and was also a flamboyant batsman. He soon came to the attention of the selectors in the England team, and made his debut in 2010 for England’s one-day international team. A while later, he was also picked to join the T20 squad.
However, Kieswetter’s cricketing career soon came to an end after he was involved in a cricketing accident, while in a game for Somerset, which saw a fast ball break through his helmet guard, breaking his cheekbone and nose in the process.
This also went on to affect his eyes, thus causing him permanent damage to his eyesight. It took him until last year to count his losses, accept defeat and retire from professional cricketing. (more…)
Peter Moores has finally been told to walk away by the England Cricket Board.
The 52-year old had been under the scanner for the past few months and finally, a poor result in the recent test series against West Indies cost him the job.
England did not lose that series. They drew it 1-1, but, their overall performance in the last test in Barbados was quite pathetic and the responsibility fell on Moores because he got the selections wrong there.
Moores actually could have escaped the sack if somebody other than Andrew Strauss had been appointed as the new ECB director.
But, with Strauss coming in, it was always going to be tough for Moores as the former England skipper does not share the best of relationships with him.
The new coach would not be named in a hurry. The ECB looks prepared to wait and take its time.
It has been announced that Paul Farbrace, a part of the Moores’ staff, will take over in the main role on an interim basis for the forthcoming couple of test matches versus the Black Caps.
However, Farbrace would not be given a promotion and given the job on a full time basis by the looks of it.
He might apply his name and then, will have to go through the interview, but, a direct promotion is highly unlikely.
There’s a couple of Australian former test Cricketers who might be interested in the England job. (more…)
England beat Australia in the first match of the ongoing Ashes series by a whooping margin of 169 runs.
It was the English bowlers who played the main role in that.
On a flat and slow pitch, to enforce victory in 4 days, it was really something appreciable.
Australia started their chase of 412 runs on the 4th day and Stuart Broad rocked them at the very start as he induced an edge off Chris Rodgers which was held by the safe hands of Ian Bell.
Australia carried on the fight though with David Warner and their new no. 3 Steven Smith holding the fort.
Both of them counter attacked and took the score to almost 100 before one of Moeen Ali’s arm balls provided the breakthrough to the hosts.
Warner misread the line and played for the turn. As soon as the ball hit the pads, it was always going to be out. He was right in front of the leg stump, the Australian opener.
It was such a big blow to the Kangaroos. If anyone had to win that match for them, it was Warner because of the pace at which he was churning the runs there.
The middle order of Australia showed lack of application against an attack which was much disciplined and knew exactly what was needed to be done in those conditions.
There was very rare short pitched bowling on display from England. They were rather full and right on the three sticks. (more…)
The English captain Eoin Morgan seems to be pretty confused at the moment.
Not only is he getting his team combination wrong, he is misreading the conditions as well.
He has won the toss in both the matches that he has played in the World Cup so far and both times, he has made the wrong decision.
On a flat batting deck at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Australia, he bowled first, while, earlier today, against New Zealand when the conditions were quite conducive to bowling, he opted to bat.
That decision to bowl first against Australia was understandable to some extent. Probably it was the Mitchell Johnson factor which made him do so. But, to bat on a fresh pitch against the Kiwis, there was just no logic behind that. (more…)