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Jamieson felt lucky against India but the Kanpur Test was special for him

Jamieson, Six Sports

Kyle Jamieson, the tall New Zealand bowler may have gotten success in his four out of five Test matches against India but he gives the onus to senior bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

He is also one of the fastest bowlers to reach 50 wickets (in 9 Tests), told PTI in an interview that he still has a “long way” to go when it comes to white-ball cricket and has to “learn a lot” in terms of skills.

This is what he said,

Jamieson felt lucky against India but the Kanpur Test was special for him, Six Sports

It’s still a long way from where I am now to where I want to be in my career. Lot of things to learn, skills in white ball cricket as I go along the way.

He gave this interview during an Amazon Prime Video event in which the former has tied up with NZ Cricket and will broadcast their home matches from 1st January 2022.

Jamieson also spoke of how he wanted to increase his skills in bowling so that New Zealand could win major ICC tournaments in the future.

Nothing really is guaranteed with what’s coming up with cricket ahead, I have to grow my game, try and take a step back and improve my skills and win those (ICC) tournaments in days to come.

Jamieson felt lucky against India but the Kanpur Test was special for him, Six Sports

The 6 feet 9-inch bowler scalped 22 wickets in five Tests against India. He remained wicketless in Mumbai but was quite happy with his performance in the Kanpur Test.

I think I have been lucky at times and three of those five (Tests) games have been in favourable conditions. I have always maintained that I have been lucky to have come into a group where guys like Trent, Tim and Wagner have such great records over long periods of time.

Jamieson on sharing the dressing room with Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner

Jamieson feels proud to be a part of the current New Zealand squad where he is learning a lot of things from Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner.

Jamieson, Six Sports
Jamieson felt lucky against India but the Kanpur Test was special for him, Six Sports
Jamieson felt lucky against India but the Kanpur Test was special for him, Six Sports

When we have played at home, we have often operated with four seamers, I have been able to get the fruits of the hardwork of the other three guys.

But even on unresponsive tracks such as Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium, his six-wicket haul proved that he can be quite a handful and can generate disconcerting bounce because of his height and has a great ability to bowl fuller lengths with ease.

I didn’t know what the surfaces are going to play like, and had very limited time in those conditions and to be able to do the job, was pretty pleasing.

The struggles of breaking into the New Zealand squad as a fast bowler

Kyle knows how hard it is to break into the New Zealand side as a fast bowler because of the presence of Southee, Trent, and Wagner. He says that even if he weren’t selected, he would be happy carrying drinks and learning from the three greats.

Tim, Trent and Wagner are like leaders of this New Zealand attack for a number of years and done such a good job. For any bowler, to get into the New Zealand Test side was always going to be tough and I guess I was fortunate in a way (Waggy was having his first child during the India Test at Wellington).

For me, I was happy to be around the group, even carry drinks, and I naturally found a role there sitting behind Tim and Trent and tried to adapt and deliver what the team needs. If its with new ball then great, even great if it is with old ball. Learn and grow, and especially with those guys.

The circumstances in the new normal and its effects on players

He also knows what it is like to travel during the COVID times with the restrictions and life in a bio-bubble that can be both exhausting and mentally fatiguing.

Jamieson felt lucky against India but the Kanpur Test was special for him, Six Sports

What I have seen in the last two years, nobody could have forseen and you don’t know if it would happen again. So all I would like to do is concentrate on my next series and whatever comes on from that role.

He further adds,

It’s something that we have to deal with in COVID times. I have been in bubble pretty much for nine months this year and just got back home from quarantine (post India tour) and that’s something all guys need to consider moving forward. I am still learning how do you control those environment.

Jamieson excited to see Amazon Prime Video tie up with NZ Cricket

Kyle Jamieson is happy that the OTT platform, Amazon Prime Video has decided to tie up with NZ Cricket to broadcast its home matches to viewers from 1st of January 2022. His favorite sports documentary is “All or Nothing” which has an episode on New Zealand’s rugby team titled “All Blacks”.

It’s an exciting partnership. Amazon Prime Video is a big company in the global market and it’s exciting from our point of view. Having both men’s and women’s games being shown is great in terms of growing the game and great exposure to be a part of technological innovation as cricket is part of streaming services. Pretty excited to see how it unfolds.

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