Craig Kieswetter insists "confidence is still high" despite England's ICC World Twenty20 hammering against India
By Joe Drabble - Twitter: @SkySportsDrabs. Last Updated: 24/09/12 3:42pm
Craig Kieswetter: Has shrugged off significance of India defeat
England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter has attempted to put a positive spin on the team's ICC World Twenty20 chances in the aftermath of Sunday's horror show against India in Colombo.
The Somerset gloveman was one of five of England's top seven batsmen undone by spin in the 90-run hammering at the hands of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men, prompting questions over the team's methods of playing slow bowling.
Whilst admitting that the performance was nowhere near good enough against the pre-tournament favourites, Kieswetter insists "confidence is still high" in the camp with the Super Eights stage looming.
He said: "It was a disappointing performance - we're human enough to say that and realise that obvious fact.
"We've played spin well; we've beaten Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan in the sub-continent before. It was just a bad performance.
"We're not getting too down about it. Confidence is still high; we're still playing some great cricket and we're pretty glad we've got that game out of the way at the best time possible."
Kieswetter was the only England batsman to come out of the match at the R.Premadasa Stadium with his head held high after posting 35 - almost three times as many as anyone else could muster in a record-low Twenty20 total of 80 all out.
And the right-hander admits: "We've got to be adaptable to the wickets.
"Last night didn't really turn much, and we played across the line a bit too much. We should have played a bit straighter.
"We realise that; we've highlighted it and we're obviously going to learn from that."
Recalled India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh returned career-best figures of 4-12 as England were simply blown away when chasing an attainable 171 for victory.
The defeat does not, on paper at least, damage England's chances of retaining the Twenty20 title as they had already progressed to the Super Eights stage - where they are scheduled to play all three of their matches in Pallekele - following a convincing win over Afghanistan earlier in the tournament.
And Kieswetter admits he is now looking forward to the "business part of the competition".
"You've got to be more streetwise, be prepared to score ugly runs," he added.
"What's done is done; we did what we needed to do and qualified - and now we're through to the business part of the competition.
"Now you'll see the good teams put their hands up and actually put up performances that really matter."