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Craig Kieswetter hits big century on England debut

Tour match, Fatullah:
England 370-7 beat Bangladesh Cricket Board XI 258-9 by 112 runs
Match scorecard

Craig Kieswetter
Kieswetter effortlessly reproduced his good form from Dubai

Craig Kieswetter hit 143 on his full England debut as a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI was beaten by 112 runs.

The Somerset wicketkeeper, the latest South Africa-born player, was dropped four times but cracked six sixes and 13 fours in a total of 370-7 in Fatullah.

He shared an opening stand of 127 with skipper Alastair Cook (56), while Paul Collingwood added a 74-ball 109.

Kieswetter, who recently qualified to play for his adopted country, had starred on the recent Lions tour.

His form was so impressive that England's selectors decided they had to fast-track him into the national side at short notice, even though they already had two wicketkeepers in the squad.

Kieswetter was not part of the original touring party for Bangladesh, and had his moments of fortune on his debut.

He also survived a stumping chance but the natural timing and positive approach the 22-year-old showed at the top of the order is exactly what England have been missing since Marcus Trescothick stopped appearing for them.


Kevin Pietersen, who found form in Dubai against Pakistan, fared less well, harshly judged lbw off his first delivery, but vice-captain Collingwood smashed six sixes and six fours in his 109.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who is under pressure following the arrival of Kieswetter, made just eight batting at number seven.

Having set such a formidable target, England were never in any real trouble, although all-rounder Ajmal Shahzad must have been pleased to pick up the scalp of Shahriar Nafees, a veteran of 60 one-day internationals, in the fifth over of the chase.

Shahzad, who removed both openers in the first over of his England debut against Pakistan last week, clean bowled the home skipper for eight.

While Swann continued his fine recent form, picking up 4-44, the second slow bowler, James Tredwell, was less impressive.

The off-spinner, selected ahead of Adil Rashid as Swann's deputy for this tour, came under some pressure turning in eventual figures of 1-56, though he did pick up a wicket when Raqibul Hasan completely misjudged a premeditated shot and perished for 41.

He didn't look too flustered, took the right options at the right times and played a fantastic knock

Cook on Kieswetter

Seamer Liam Plunkett was also expensive, taking two wickets in his final over to finish with 2-57 in the hosts' 258-9.

The first of three one-day internationals takes place on Sunday. Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom, rested for Tuesday's match, are likely to return in the final warm-up on Thursday.

Cook, captaining his side in 50-over cricket for the first time, said it was not a foregone conclusion that Kieswetter would be his partner in the three ODIs - though it would seem to be a backward step to return to the misfiring Joe Denly again.

Cook said: "We knew Craig could play like that from the Lions games but to do so on your first official England game, even though it wasn't a full international, is fantastic.

"He didn't look too flustered, took the right options at the right times and played a fantastic knock.

"He's got a very good chance [of breaking into the first XI], he's done very well to push his name forward.

"It's going to make for some tough selection problems down the line, even on this tour, but the ultimate benefit of that is that the England side is improving."

Cook was, however, critical of the quality of England's fielding. "That's an area we can work on. If we were happy with what we'd done today in all areas then we wouldn't improve as a side and we need to improve over the next couple of weeks."

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