Learning curve for Kieswetter

England new boy says he is still to master one-day cricket

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Learning curve for Kieswetter

Kieswetter: Building experience against Bangladesh

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Craig Kieswetter feels he is still learning the nuances of 50-over cricket ahead of the second one-day international between England and Bangladesh on Saturday.

The 22-year-old has made an instant impact on the international stage since his debut in February, impressing with his aggressive batting and being a crucial part of England's ICC World Twenty20 success.

Kieswetter scored a century in only his third ODI contest and again looked controlled when sharing an opening stand of 75 with Andrew Strauss in the first of the three-match series against the Tigers.

But as he prepares for his 11th 50-over contest in England colours at Bristol, the wicketkeeper says he is still in the middle of a learning experience.

"I am obviously relatively new to one-day international cricket and it has been interesting," Kieswetter said.

Test

"Standing in the field for 50 overs is a test because that is more than a whole Twenty20 game in itself. But Australia are the number one one-day side in the world and it was a fantastic experience playing against them.

"Playing them was a very tactical series, more so than playing county cricket or against the lesser nations. I learned a bit tactically about pacing an innings and getting the side off to the best possible start.

"You don't necessarily have to be 50 for nought after five, you can be 25 for nought after seven and it is still a pretty good start.

"I didn't get the runs I wanted to but learned a lot from the five games and I feel I am constantly improving, which is all I can ask."

Favourites

England are predictably huge favourites to wrap up a series win after their comfortable six-wicket victory in the first contest at Trent Bridge.

To compound matters for Bangladesh, they will have to cope without two key players - Mushfiqur Rahim and Raqibul Hasan - after they both suffered injuries on Thursday.

Mushfiqur has escaped serious injury but is still feeling the effects after being caught in the face by a Faisal Hossain delivery while Raqibul, who top-scored for the tourists with 76, has a fractured toe.

Bangladesh, who are still searching for their first ever win against England in any form of the game, have called batsman Mohammad Ashraful, wicketkeeper Saghir Hossain and all-rounder Naeem Islam into the squad as reinforcements.