Newly-qualified England wicket-keeper Craig Kieswetter has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after a superb run of form in the United Arab Emirates.
By top scoring in four consecutive matches, he not only made the outstanding claim for the weekly award, but also earned a call-up to the full One-Day International squad to tour Bangladesh.
Two of those matches came in the last seven days, the first of which saw Kieswetter make 50 as the England Lions were beaten by Pakistan A in the third and final Twenty20 game, although Kieswetter's superb hitting at the top of the order had gone a long way towards putting England 2-0 up in that series.
Kieswetter then blasted 81 in 66 balls when the Lions met the England full team, putting on an opening partnership worth 100 with Michael Lumb, who later returned to hit the winning runs, as the Lions won from the final ball of the game.
Kieswetter qualified to play for England on 17th February and could make his international debut for his adopted country just 11 days later when England meet Bangladesh in Mirpur.
His meteoric rise to national selection meant he was a unanimous choice for the award, but worthy mentions are due for India's Harbhajan Singh, Pakistan's Abdul Razzaq and Kieswetter's new team-mates Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan.
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