Dave Nosworthy: Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter must stake claim for Somerset wicketkeeper spot
Somerset's new director of cricket has spoken to both Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter about the club's wicketkeeping situation with the coming weeks key in who will be given the gloves.
South African Dave Nosworthy has met with both since arriving in Taunton last weekend, discussing both their club and international aspirations in the position.
Brian Rose's successor - who also spoke with national coach Andy Flower before heading to the County Ground - admitted the club were privileged to have two England keepers but said it was up to them to stake their claim for the spot.
Buttler cemented his place in the national Twenty20 team over the winter, even suggesting he may have to leave Somerset in the future if he is unable to keep.
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Nosworthy said: "Communication has been key with the two individuals. They're Somerset men through and through, passionate about the club and we're very excited that they're involved with England. That's quite a thing to be proud of.
"After my virtual (online) communication individually with both of them I was able to touch base with them face to face over the weekend. I sat down with them to gauge where they were and what they want to do.
"We do believe in opening it up and involving the players as much as possible and we went on to meeting on Monday where we chatted further.
"I spoke to Andy Flower before I left for here and I have chatted recently with Ashley Giles and will be catching up with him later in the week.
"All the avenues are open to discuss with the way forward. It's a work in progress, there's no set process how we are going to manage it.
"Strategically we are able to play who we like at wicketkeeper, I could play myself, there's no guarantee for selection and the players understand that.
"Naturally we want to serve the players' interests but the situation we find ourselves in means we are not able to satisfy both.
"We will have a game plan in the next couple of weeks, the players will be comfortable with it. There's no exact answer but a game plan as how we're managing it as best as possible."
Nosworthy, who has coached South Africa under-19s and at the highest club level in his native land and New Zealand, added Somerset's 138-year wait for the County Championship crown could be ended my adjusting the team's mental approach.
"So close so many times is the key phrase," he said. "I don't believe there's any magic to it, I believe the team has been on the right track on recent seasons.
"There will be a bit of polishing and I am not sure exactly what that is but it's a matter of self belief and getting over the hurdle.
"That bugbear has been hanging on the shoulders for 100-plus years so the mental side is massive and as a squad we will be addressing that.
"There's no quick solution, there's quite a lot of water still to go under the bridge over the coming weeks.
"In early April we will be travelling away for a couple of days as a squad, not cricket-related, really getting into each other's heads, seeing where we want to go.
"I don't think it's a lack of ability or trying, the board is massively supportive of the club and there's no exact answer to the question unfortunately.
"Hopefully with the way we mould things and the sponging I want to do will change the process."