Kieswetter injury could be ‘career ending’

KiesyCraig Kieswetter’s eye injury could prove to be ‘career ending’, Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard disclosed today.

Craig, who sustained the injury while batting against Northamptonshire last season, will head to Belgium this week for crucial specialist assessments.

In an interview with BBC Radio Somerset today, Matt said: “We’re hoping that after he sees the specialist he’ll have a method of getting his eye back to 100%.

“The feedback we get from that will be quite instrumental, but potentially it could be career-ending.”

The 27-year-old keeper-batsman was already expected to miss the whole of the 2015 season as a result of the injury, which happened when a short-pitched delivery from Northamptonshire’s David Willey smashed through the gap between the visor and grille on Craig’s helmet. The incident left him with a broken nose and serious damage to his eye socket and cheekbone.

After extensive facial surgery, he returned to play for Somerset at the end of last season and then turned out for Warriors in South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 tournament in late autumn. He was rewarded for his excellent limited overs form in 2014 with a place in England’s provisional squad for the World Cup and signed to take part in Australia’s Big Bash competition.

But during his spell in South Africa, he realised his vision was still impaired and was forced to withdraw from the Big Bash and England squad.

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Matt Maynard told BBC Radio Somerset this morning: “He came back for a couple of games and although he knew the eye wasn’t quite right, he was just delighted to be back playing at that stage.

“But then he went out to play in South Africa in the Twenty20 and he struggled. He was struggling to pick up the line and length of the ball.

“If you can’t do that, it’s going to be hard to score runs and it also makes you very vulnerable.

“If we were to get him back that would be a huge lift for everyone. But we are planning for him to not be around this season.”

All of us at The Incider wish Kiesy the very best and hope this week’s assessments in Belgium bring some good news.