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Craig has world at his feet

Andy Lloyd
HE may have only been on the scene five minutes, but Craig Kieswetter is almost nailed on to retain his place in the side for the three one-day internationals with Bangladesh, starting on Sunday.

True, he couldn’t have wished for a gentler introduction to international cricket than in the form of a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, but you can only beat what’s in front of you and his tremendous 143, in just 123 balls, proved just what a talented and level-headed young prospect he is.

Confident and in supreme form with the bat, Kieswetter simply has to start in Mirpur on Sunday – even if it is as a specialist batsman with Matt Prior keeping the gloves. I, for one, am excited to see such an exciting addition introduced to the England top order, especially with one-day specialists at a premium.

Yesterday, however, was a sad day for cricket after Australian fast bowler Brett Lee announced his retirement from Tests after a glittering career spanning 76 matches.

Despite playing for our big rivals, Brett was one of those players you just couldn’t help but like – not only was he a top, top bowler, but he played hard and fair, and always with a smile on his face.

Not only that, but I have been lucky enough to have dinner with Brett a couple of times and he is a true gentleman.

Unfortunately, he seems unable to shake off the elbow injury which has plagued him since before Christmas and he’s decided to call it a day. Test cricket will miss him.