Kieswetter focused on Proteas

Gloveman braced for any "hot air" which may come his way

By Joe Drabble   Last updated: 8th May 2010  

Kieswetter focused on Proteas

Kieswetter: Focused

There is bound to be hype around me for this game. But I have to try to focus on my job in the side.

Craig Kieswetter
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England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter insists he is fully prepared for any South African sledging which may come his way when the two sides meet in Barbados on Saturday.

Kieswetter will come face-to-face with the country of his birth at the Kensington Oval, as England go in search of back-to-back Super Eights victories in the ICC World Twenty20.

A win for either side would all-but guarantee their place in the last four of the Caribbean showpiece.

And Johannesburg-born Kieswetter, who has made scores of 26, 13 and 25 in the competition so far, insists he will not be fazed by any "hot air" aimed in his direction during the high stakes clash.

Hype

"I've played against a lot of opposition where there is a lot of chatter," he said.

"It's usually just hot air, so I will just try to focus on my role."

England warmed up for the event with a five-wicket triumph over the Proteas at the same venue.

And while 22-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Kieswetter revealed that no pointed remarks then aimed at either himself or fellow South Africa-born opener Michael Lumb on that occasion, he acknowledges it may be different this time.

"There was nothing at all; they were obviously just trying to get themselves ready for this World Cup," he added.

"Obviously there is a lot riding on tomorrow, another Super Eight game.

"There is bound to be hype around me for this game. But I have to try to focus on my job in the side.

"It's not really an issue for me. It is another game for England, and one I'm excited about and determined to do my role as well as I can."

Work in progress

Kieswetter made solid starts with the bat against both West Indies and Pakistan without kicking on to make a notable contribution.

Statistics aside, the Somerset man claims: "I'm pretty happy with where I am with my batting. I'm just a little frustrated in a sense that I am getting off to a start but then getting out again.

"I hope a big innings is round the corner.

"It's quite tough, because in the first six (overs) I've got to go as hard as I can to get us off to the start we need."

As for his performances so far behind the stumps, Kieswetter accepts they are a work in progress.

"I'm really happy (with my wicketkeeping)," he said. "I'm still trying to work hard on it, but I'm excited with the way things are going."