Somerset wicket-keeper Craig Kieswetter has been added to the England Performance Programme, indicating that the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are keen to monitor the development of the South African-born player.
Kieswetter does not qualify to play for England until February and he has been added to the 'B' group of players, which the ECB states is for players with "experience of first-class cricket who are expected to need 1-3 years of development before graduating into the England team".
He will spend eight weeks training at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough and then travel to South Africa in November and December.
Kieswetter has scored 2254 first-class runs since first playing for Somerset in 2007 while he has five centuries in all cricket yet he played five matches for South Africa in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
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