Kieswetter outlines Test goal

Somerset star not just a one-trick pony

Last Updated: 24/06/11 8:34am

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Craig Kieswetter: Keen to forge a successful Test career

Craig Kieswetter: Keen to forge a successful Test career

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Craig Kieswetter doesn't just want to keep Matt Prior out of England's ODI side, he wants a successful Test career as well.

The Somerset star has ended a nine-month international exile with a recall for Saturday's Twenty20 clash with Sri Lanka in Bristol, followed by the five-match ODI series.

And he sees a return to the spotlight as the perfect opportunity to press his claims for a Test place.

He said: "I'd love to play Test cricket. That's the pinnacle. I always grew up wanting to playing Test cricket. There wasn't Twenty20 when I was eight or nine and Test cricket is what you aimed for.

"But right now I've got a Twenty20 and a one-day series to look forward and that is all I'm putting my energy into right now."

Kieswetter may have got the nod over Prior for the games with Sri Lanka, but he doesn't believe that means he's now an automatic choice.

Battles

He said: "I wouldn't say I've won the battle already. I think with any spot in the side there are always battles and people coming up behind to try and take your spot. There is always competition and at the moment I've got the gloves and I'm going to try hardest to make sure they are mine."

Kieswetter lost his England place after a woeful run of form saw him make just 121 runs in eight ODIs last summer.

He said: "It was probably the biggest setback in my career without a doubt (being dropped). Mentally that was the biggest challenge I had to get through and I feel I've worked hard and learnt a lot of lessons from that.

"I don't think I ever felt I was big enough to be playing or belonged in the side. I felt my performances warranted me not being in the side. That is the way cricket is. It is about learning lessons and being able to mature and become responsible, and learn from the mistakes to become a better player.

I've been working on that."

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