Kieswetter: Back to basics works
Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has revealed a return to basics has fired England to the brink of yet another another home one-day international series success.
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England lead the NatWest Series against South Africa 2-1 heading into the final game at Trent Bridge tomorrow when they can secure an eighth consecutive series win on home soil.
Alastair Cook's side had fallen 1-0 behind after defeat in Southampton - and in so doing also relinquished their world number one ranking - but back-to-back wins since have continued a stellar year in the 50-over format that has seen England win 12 of their 13 completed games.
"We have just gone back to basics," Kieswetter said in an interview on Sky Sports News.
"We went to the blueprint that we know works. It has been working all summer.
"We didn't play as well as we could at the Ageas Bowl but since then we have showed good character to turn it around.
"It is equally important to win this series as it is with any series.
"It is all just about improving as a side and continuing that momentum."
England could be forced into at least one change tomorrow with Jonathan Trott in some doubt after he was struck on the hand by a Dale Steyn delivery at Lord's on Sunday.
The right-hander underwent scans yesterday, which cleared him of a fracture, although he was due to undergo further tests today to prove his fitness.
Jos Buttler was last night called up as cover with England having further options to push Kieswetter up the order or bring in the in-form Jonny Bairstow.
Despite the uncertainty Kieswetter said there had not yet been any talk of contingency plans should Trott be forced out.
"We haven't discussed changes to the batting order just yet," he said.
"There is obviously cover coming in, but wherever Alastair or Andy Flower want me to bat I'll be happy with that.
"I will just be happy with anywhere in the 11."
England coach Andy Flower was not at Trent Bridge on Tuesday, and will be absent for Wednesday's match too.
Flower is taking a short break to spend some time with his family, before England continue their packed schedule with three NatWest Twenty20s against South Africa - and then fly almost immediately to Sri Lanka to defend their ICC world crown in the shortest format.
England fielding coach Richard Halsall will deputise for Flower in Nottingham.