Kieswetter won't change mind

2009-11-13 16:34

Somerset - Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has told South Africa captain Graeme Smith there is no chance he will change his mind about playing for England instead of the Proteas.

Kieswetter, born in Johannesburg to a Scottish mother, does not qualify for England until February, but has already been called up to the national performance squad after impressing in county cricket.

England already have four South Africa-born players in their squad, with Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott both wearing the Three Lions in the land of their birth on the current tour, while Matt Prior and Andrew Strauss were born in South Africa before leaving for England at a young age.

Proteas captain Smith this week called on Kieswetter to pledge himself to South Africa, but the 21-year-old has been quick to restate his commitment to England.

"It is very flattering to hear someone of Graeme Smith's stature speak so highly of me but I remain committed to playing international cricket for England and that remains my ambition," Kieswetter told Somerset's website.

Somerset's director of cricket, Brian Rose, welcomed the news, adding: "He's a very exciting prospect and everyone at Somerset, from the players to the members and the supporters, will be delighted he remains committed to helping Somerset achieve further success and hopefully go on to play for England."


  • Derek - 2009-11-13 17:59

    why bother with guys who have already gone to England rather concentrate on those who want to play in & for SA

  • boks - 2009-11-13 18:13

    Where does the english cricket side stay when on tour in SA? With their parents!!!

  • Hallo Derek - 2009-11-13 21:04

    Just woke up ? Way are the SA guys playing in England. AA in South African Cricket (Hind) You must praying the rain help SA tonight in the 20/20

  • Koekie - 2009-11-13 21:12

    Derek, hoekom dink jy verlaat spelers SA vir Engeland dan. Dink asb. mooi voor jy antwoord. Dank by voorbaat

  • @Kieswetter - 2009-11-14 16:42

    You go boy!!! Who wants to play for these pathetic choking losers anyway

  • I :Love SA - 2009-11-14 20:05

    Kieswetter's selling himself to mediocrity... That's what England's team is. They'll never challenge for the top spot in Tests, ODIs and T20s in the forseeable future. Heino Kuhn, Dane Vilas, Daryn Smit are all worthy replacements to Boucher, who will be playing for many years!

  • Robin Bates - 2009-11-15 07:55

    You know, we brought it on ourselves...........imagine how good we could be if sports was left to sportsmen and the governement focused on fixing our country? All I can say is good luck fellas, we will win without you all, but we will miss you.

  • Neil - 2009-11-16 09:10

    It is their choice! And we live by the choices we make, as do they! SO they have gone, lets support those who stay! That's where we need to spend energy! They can come back with there new countries and get a hiding from there mate's on the field of play! Look how many have left, and not achieved much! Those that stay and work to get into the sides become better players, as they have to work harder!

  • rory litchfield - 2009-11-16 12:40

    why all the fuss.. let the players decide where and for whom they would like to play.. it is hardly a national disaster that we lose a few players to other countries......

  • Geejay - 2009-11-16 18:11

    The truth is finally out, the English youth are better at computer games, are mainly obese and yobs. So basically all national teams representing so called England are going to have entice, Australian, New Zealand, South African, Indian, Pakistani and Canadian youngsters illegally to their shores so as to try and muster some sort of competitive assault. Isn't that usually referred to as a Barbarian side :) It’s really a sad day for the English. It was weird watching us play against England in the T20, at one stage the only people who were not South African on the field were the umpire’s lol

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