Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Kyle Jamieson will soon resume bowling for the first time since he left the Black Caps’ test tour of England in June with a back injury. The seamer was forced from the field during England’s first innings in the second test at Trent Bridge with a stress reaction in his back – which was his first major injury since his international debut in 2020.

He, therefore, didn’t feature in any of the white-ball series that followed in Europe and the Caribbean, but coach Gary Stead provided a positive update as he arrived back in Auckland on Thursday. The pacer has picked 72 scalps in only 16 Tests averaging a mere 19.45.

Black Caps seamer Kyle Jamieson hasn’t bowled since the second test against England at Trent Bridge in June.
Black Caps seamer Kyle Jamieson hasn’t bowled since the second test against England at Trent Bridge in June. SHAUN BOTTERILL/GETTY IMAGES

Kyle Jamieson Close To Start Bowling Again: Gary Stead

Kiwi Kyle Jamieson had suffered a back injury during the three-match Test series against England in June and the injury ruled him out of the England tour.

Soon after losing the second Test at Trent Bridge by five wickets, Black Caps management confirmed Kyle Jamieson will return home after a scan revealed a stress reaction in his lower back, suffered while bowling on the third day.

“Kyle’s very, very close to starting bowling again,” Stead said.

“He’s been back in the gym and doing a few batting sessions as well and he’s at the stage of his rehab right now where he is starting to really get going.”

New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)

Kyle Jamieson was joined in by fellow seamer Adam Milne, who suffered an Achilles injury in Ireland in July, as being unavailable for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day international series against Australia in Cairns next month.

Adam Milne had been in line to play his first ODIs since 2017 before that, and though he was initially expected to recover in time to play in The Hundred in England this month, he has since suffered a setback, which ruled him out of that competition.

Gary Stead said he was due to catch up with Adam Milne before leaving for Australia next Friday to ascertain where he was at with his recovery ahead of the T20 World Cup across the Tasman in October.

Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, And Tim Southee Set To Be The First 3 Pacers For 2022 T20I World Cup

The Black Caps are expected to name their squad for that tournament prior to hosting Bangladesh and Pakistan in a T20 tri-series in Christchurch from October 8 to 14, with their World Cup opener against Australia in Sydney scheduled for October 22.

Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Tim Southee are set to be the first three seamers included, but there will be room for at least one more and potentially two in the traveling party.

Kyle Jamieson joined Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Tim Southee in the initial squad for last year’s World Cup, where Adam Milne was initially named as a traveling reserve, but ultimately came in for Lockie Ferguson, who suffered an untimely calf injury.

Kyle Jamieson hasn’t played a T20 since the Indian Premier League 2021 season played prior to that 2021 T20I World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, while Adam Milne’s last outing was in March, for the Chennai Super Kings in this year’s IPL 2022– a match in which he suffered a hamstring injury.

If neither bowler is available for this year’s World Cup – and there’s every chance Kyle Jamieson’s return to action might come through the Plunket Shield domestic first-class competition, which starts on October 18 – it could potentially lead to a call-up for Ben Sears or Blair Tickner.

Matt Henry (Photo: AFP)
Matt Henry (Photo: AFP)
Ben Sears and Blair Tickner both featured for the Black Caps during their recent T20 outings against Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands and Ben Sears was included as one of five seamers in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy squad but is yet to make his ODI debut.
New Zealand has packed their squad with plenty of pace as they attempt to wrest the Chappell-Hadlee trophy out of Australia’s hands next month.  In addition to the more established Lockie Ferguson, they have also brought in the 23-year-old Ben Sears, who may well make his ODI debut in the three-match series starting on September 6.
Trent Boult has kept his place in the squad, while the conditions on offer across the Tasman have prompted New Zealand to further bolster their pace reserves with Matt Henry, who missed their most recent assignment in the West Indies with a rib injury.
New Zealand ODI squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ben Sears, Tim Southee