Kieswetter: pushing Prior will help team

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Craig Kieswetter believes any pressure he can exert on Matt Prior, the incumbent wicketkeeper, can only be of benefit to the England side.

Like Prior, Kieswetter is South Africa-born, blessed with ample confidence and an aggressive stroke-maker. The Somerset player, who only became England-eligible last week, was hastily promoted to the one-day squad for Bangladesh after some eye-catching displays for the England Lions, but he is keen not to be left carrying the drinks.

"I think Matt Prior is doing a great job, he's taking England keeping up a level," Kieswetter said yesterday. "Competition can be seen as a positive thing for English cricket. Maybe it's a good thing for younger players to be coming through and putting pressure on the guys."

His eagerness to play attacking shots from the off, combined with a hitting power which enables him to make full use of the early fielding restrictions in limited-overs cricket, has resulted in Kieswetter being touted as a ready-made solution to England's opening struggles. "I'm very surprised but very excited about this opportunity. I wasn't expecting it at all," said the 22-year-old. "I'm really chuffed to be coming in but there are butterflies and nerves going around."

Kieswetter is expected to play, but not keep wicket, against a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in a 50-over warm-up in Dhaka today.