At 27, England’s Craig Keiswetter Forced to Retire Due to Injury

Kieswetter failed to fully recover after breaking his nose and damaging his eye socket during a mattch last July.

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A member of England’s World T20 winning squad, Kieswetter’s career has met an abrupt end after he was hit on the eye with a ball during a match last year. (Photo courtesy:

Former England international Craig Kieswetter has been forced to call time on his career after failing to recover from an eye injury sustained on the cricket field last summer. 

“After being given the opportunity to take some time off and step away from the game, I’ve come to the decision that wasn’t the easiest to make, yet I feel is the right one,” Kieswetter said in a post on his twitter account.

“Having gone through that experience of my eye injury and everything it entailed, I feel mentally I will never again be the player that I was.”

The 27-year-old broke his nose and damaged his eye socket and cheekbone last July when a ball went through his protective grill while batting for Somerset against Northamptonshire.

Kieswetter tweeted this message to his fans. (Photo courtesy:
Kieswetter tweeted this message to his fans. (Photo courtesy:

He returned to action last September but realised his vision was still impaired.

South Africa-born Kieswetter made his first-class debut for Somerset in 2007 and was given clearance to play for England in 2010, going on to play 46 one-day internationals and 25 in the T20 format, keeping wicket and often opening the batting.

Kieswetter was also part of England’s Twenty20 World Cup winning squad in the West Indies.

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