Saturday, February 27, 2010
Is Kieswetter the real deal?
I see that Kieswetter has been impressive in the warm up games in Bangladesh. So, can he succeed in one-day internationals by succeeding at top of the order?
Since Tresco last played a one-day international in 06, England have struggled to find good openers at top of the order. Occasionally, Strauss has looked good but the lack of a power hitter is a concern. So, it would be good for England if Kieswetter, who is also a teammate of Tres at Somerset can succeed at top of the order.
From what I have seen of Kieswetter, he looked very strong square off the wicket on either side and just like KP has great bat speed and picks the length quickly but I also thought he is vulnerable to the full swinging delivery as he doesn't come forward. To succeed as a opener in one-day cricket, Kieswetter perhaps has to work on it as the white new ball does swing for a few overs. His list A record too is good as he averages 42.12 and has a strike rate of 90.47.
The feeling is that he isn't a good wicketkeeper but I do see potential in him to succeed as a opener in one-day cricket.