Craig Kieswetter facing Issue with Vision

Craig Kieswetter would not be able to feature in the upcoming county season as he is believed to be having some issues with his vision again.

Playing versus Northamptonshire last year, Kieswetter had taken a blow on his face and had sustained a couple of fractures there.

But, after going under the knife and recovering for a few weeks, the he was back playing for Somerset.

It was said back then that his recovery had gone as well as it should have been and he had started having clear vision again.

The 27-year old was one of the 30 players that had been shortlisted by the England selectors for the World Cup. (more…)

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England Poor Performance Against India

It seems the England players have not done any work on their game in the few weeks’ break that they had got after the ODI series against India. In the two games that they have played against Sri Lanka so far, they have again looked vulnerable against spin. They have just been clueless.

A part time bowler like Tillakaratne Dilshan opened the bowling for Sri Lanka the other day in Colombo and he struck twice with the new ball and that happened only because England allowed him to settle down and bowl the lengths that he wanted to bowl. There was no intention to attack him. The same was the case against India.

However, in the India series, one could understand England’s circumspect behaviour against the spinners. They had been getting rocked by the new ball bowlers in almost every game in that series and thus, could not afford to take any undue risk after that, but, against Sri Lanka, when the spinners are taking the new ball, they’ve got to be attacked. England needs to understand that.

Alastair Cook opening the batting is the real problem for England. He is a cricketer who is just not made for the limited-over cricket of modern age. He might be a great test player, but, in the other two forms of the game, he doesn’t have anything extraordinary to offer.

Alex Hales, who is perhaps a better attacker of the cricket ball than the England captain, should actually be opening the batting with the flamboyant Moeen Ali.

But, the thing is that Cook has almost become untouchable in the England set up. No matter how many failures he has with the bat or as captain, he always seems to get another chance and a few England fans are not happy about it.

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The England cricket team managed to get past the score of 300 batting first on the second day of the second test match against New Zealand which is being played at Headingley.

At the end of the second day’s play, the score of England was 337 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The two not out batsmen at the wicket were Matt Prior and Graeme Swann who were batting on 38 and 21 respectively.

The wicket was pretty flat and the sun was shining. So, the conditions were ideal for batting and Alastair Cook had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss.

The start was poor for England. Nick Compton was dismissed early which brought Jonathan Trott at the crease.

Cook and Trott looked quite comfortable against the pace attack of New Zealand and they added 56 runs for the second wicket to give the innings some stability.

England seemed to be going into the lunch break in a comfortable position, but, that wasn’t the case to be. Just before the lunch break, both Trott and Cook got out on back to back deliveries which brought New Zealand right back into the game.

Trott tried to drive Wagner lazily and edged it to McCullum behind the wickets, while, Cook tried to flirt with a delivery going across him and edged it into the hands of Dean Brownlie who was at third slip.

Ian Bell and the local boy Joe Root put up a solid 79-runs partnership for the 4th wicket to put the innings back on track.

Brendon McCullum brought the part time off spinner Kane Williamson into the attack in search of a wicket and the young man delivered for his captain. He dismissed Ian Bell at the score of 30.

However, Joe Root continued to flourish at the other end and he got a solid partner in the form of Jonny Bairstow. Both these Yorkshire men put up a 100-runs stand for the 5th wicket which took England close to 300. Root completed his first test hundred during that partnership.

Trent Boult dismissed Root, Bairstow and Broad in quick succession with the second new ball and all of a sudden, the score became 286 for the loss of 7 wickets.

It seemed that England might be all out before the end of the day’s play, but, that didn’t happen. Prior and Swann negotiated the rest of the overs safely.

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The England Cricket team didn’t have a great first day in the third test match against New Zealand which is being played at Eden Park, Auckland.

The England captain Alastair Cook elected to bowl first after winning the toss in the morning. But, the England bowlers didn’t prove his captain’s decision right. They kept struggling the whole day and managed to dismiss only one New Zealand batsman in 90 overs.

The New Zealand team went into the match with an unchanged playing XI, while, England made one change in the playing XI. Jonny Bairstow came in and Kevin Pietersen went out.

The pitch was a belter and the ball was coming on to the bat quite nicely. The ball moved a bit in the air in the first hour, but, thereafter, nothing happened for the bowlers.

Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford put up a decent partnership for the first wicket. Rutherford was more aggressive. He was not hesitant in hitting the ball over the top. As soon as Monty Panesar came into the attack, he hit him for a couple of sixes and forced him to start bowling with a defensive line.

When the score of New Zealand was 79, Finn managed to provide England a much needed breakthrough by dismissing Rutherford. That was short of a length delivery. Rutherford tried to cut it, but, the ball was too wide and he ended up edging the ball. Alastair Cook took the catch in the slips and Rutherford was on his way to the dressing room.

Kane Williamson came to bat at no. 3 and he was also in fine nick. He and Fulton showed great technique and composure. Both these batsmen hit some great shots on both sides of the wicket and they have so far added 171 runs for the second wicket.

At the end of the day’s play, the score of New Zealand was 250 for the loss of 1 wicket. Fulton and Williamson were not out on 124 and 83 respectively.

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The England Cricket team has been defeated by India A by 53 runs in a warm up match played at Palam A Ground, Delhi. It was a foggy, cold morning in Delhi and the match didn’t start on time because of bad light. So, a few overs were cut down and it was a 39-over encounter. The captain of the England team, Alastair Cook, kept himself out of the game and in his absence, Eoin Morgan led the side.

Morgan won the toss and invited the India A team to bat first. It was a very good toss to win. There was a bit of moisture in the pitch and the England bowlers had a great opportunity of grabbing some early wickets, but, they didn’t manage to do that. They were wayward at the start and bowled quite a few loose deliveries. Both the openers of the India A team put away those loose deliveries and gave their team a very good start.

The opening pair of Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay added 118 runs for the first wicket. Both the batsmen completed their half centuries during the partnership. Kedar Jadhav who came to bat at no. 3 also batted with good strike rate and scored 52 runs off just 50 deliveries. Because of the efforts of these three top order batsmen, India A put up a score of 224 runs on the board in 39 runs. According to the Duckworth-Lewis rule, the target was revised and England got a target of 229 runs in 39 overs.

The England batsmen performed pretty poorly in reply. Except Ian Bell, all other England batsmen looked out of sorts and threw their wickets away by playing loose shots. Bell looked in great form and played a fluent knock of 91 runs, but, despite his efforts, England wasn’t able to chase down the target. The England team got all out on just 175 runs and lost the match. The most successful bowler for the India A team was Ashok Menaria who took 3 wickets.

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England Call-up for Craig Kieswetter

English county team Somerset County Cricket Club are extremely glad that two of the mainstays of their team Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler have been called into the England Cricket team for their One Day International as well as Twenty 20 International series against the touring West Indies side. Although Kieswetter has been picked by the selectors to be a part of both the One Day International as well as the Twenty 20 International sides, Buttler has only been called up for the Twenty 20 match to be held on the 24th of June after the culmination of the three match One Day International series.

Brian Rose, the Director of Cricket for the Somerset Sabers, as the club is now formally known in the One Day and Twenty 20 circuit stated that the call ups for two of the brightest young prospects in the team is extremely heartening and it also gives the other young players as well as the seniors who are associated with cricket in Somerset a lift.

Although Craig Kieswetter has been a part of the limited overs side for The Three Lions for the past couple of years, opening for the team when England won the World Twenty 20 Championships in the Caribbean a couple of years back, Buttler is a relative newcomer to the side as the team looks to blood in young guns for the future.

Rose also added that both the players have come up the youth ranks of Somerset County Cricket Club and it is a testament to the work done by the youth team coaches that they have been called up for the senior England side. The official website of the club also extended its congratulations for young Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler for the series and their future in international cricket.

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