We're backing ourselves - Kieswetter

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Craig Kieswetter hopes a change in venue will help England's World T20 campaign
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Craig Kieswetter hopes a change in venue will help England's World T20 campaign

Craig Kieswetter insists England's confidence remains intact after their "bad day at the office" against India.

Kieswetter's 35 at the top of the order was almost three times as many as any other batsman could muster for the ICC World Twenty20 champions as they were bowled out for their record low score of 80 in this format, on the way to their heaviest defeat in it too - by 90 runs.

"It was a dead rubber, so a good time to get it out of our system," Kieswetter said. "To get a little shake-up now is probably a good thing for the squad."

He added: "Sometimes things just don't go your way. Some games, you get the nicks that fly to the keeper or slips or hit the stumps. Everything that probably could go wrong did go wrong. It wasn't the best day at the office, but by no means a train smash."

Stuart Broad's team will dust themselves down and set their sights again on retaining England's only International Cricket Council global trophy to date. They are scheduled to travel from Colombo to Kandy on Tuesday morning, and will face West Indies in their first Super Eight match in Pallekele on Thursday.

The consolation, after losing by such a wide margin at the Premadasa Stadium on Sunday, was that the result mattered little in the final Group A match between two teams who had already qualified for the next stage.

Kieswetter is hoping the change of scenery, and conditions, will help England get back on track, saying: "The pitches are slightly different (at Pallekele), a bit greener - which probably suits us well. They could change once we get up there, but at the moment... we are backing ourselves."

Kieswetter has no qualms about England's inexperienced middle order but does believe they were exposed against India because of others' mistakes.

"We have seen them play a lot of Twenty20 cricket for their counties. We know how good they are," he said. "To put them under the pump was a top-order problem.

"To leave the middle order with 15 or 16 overs to bat is not our game-plan, and so from the whole innings it didn't go to plan. We left the middle order a little bit exposed, and in any sort of format that's the worst thing you can do."

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