Playing 2 Tests In India Is A Different Challenge Than Playing At Home: Kyle Jamieson
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Playing 2 Tests In India Is A Different Challenge Than Playing At Home: Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson, AFP
Kyle Jamieson, AFP

Kyle Jamieson, a New Zealand seamer, admits the upcoming India tour will be a challenge as his side prepares for the first Test in Kanpur on Thursday. Despite a brilliant start to his Test career, Kyle Jamieson’s place in the opening Test remains uncertain.

Kyle Jamieson made his Test debut against India in early 2020 to great effect, picking up a five-wicket haul in the second Test. However, none of his Test appearances have been in the sub-continent. Of his eight Tests, six have come at home. The towering quick’s first away game was at Lord’s against England earlier this year.

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

Kyle Jamieson: Playing Tests In India Different Than Playing The IPL

Kyle Jamieson said that he has left his World Test Championship Final exploits behind him and is looking forward to playing in India. The 26-year old feels playing Tests in India will be vastly different than the IPL. Kyle Jamieson, the NZ pacer, joined Black Caps captain Kane Williamson in sitting out their three Twenty20s against India to focus on the World Test Championship Test match clashes that follow.

After making a huge impression in the international arena during his short career so far, Kyle Jamieson landed a contract with the RCB for the 2021 season of the IPL. He picked 9 scalps in as many matches averaging 29.88 besides amassing 65 runs.

“It certainly feels a long time ago. No better way to start than the challenge of India in India. I haven’t played a whole lot of cricket over here. I had the first half of the IPL which was good, but this will be different again. I’ve got Wags and Timmy here, so that’ll be good to bounce ideas of them, to get their expertise on how to bowl here. It’s certainly going to be a different challenge to what we get back home but really looking forward to it,” Kyle Jamieson said.

Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter
Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter

Kyle Jamieson has picked up a staggering 46 wickets in eight Tests so far, with an average of 14.17. He is also a reasonably accomplished lower-order batsman, averaging 42.66 with a solitary half-century. Kyle Jamieson, incidentally, was Man of the Match for picking 7 wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the WTC Final.

Kyle Jamieson Won’t Change His Game Too Much

Kyle Jamieson further claimed that adapting to conditions and sticking to his strengths would be critical if he were to play in the first Test. Pacer Kyle Jamieson’s absence could be a hint that he will play in the first Test, which would likely leave fellow seamers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner competing for one spot if the Black Caps go with two-seamers, two spinners, and an all-rounder.

The tall seam bowler didn’t play at the T20 World Cup, while Trent Boult will head home after the completion of the Indian T20Is due to the time he has spent in Covid-19 bubbles and managed isolation already this year.

“First and foremost I think for me it’s not trying to change my game too much – still try and stick to my strengths but try and adapt to what the conditions give. If I do play and get the new ball, it’s trying to swing that and as the conditions change and the roles change throughout the game, try to focus on that.”

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

The Kiwis will feel buoyed by the return of their regular captain Kane Williamson, who missed the three-match T20I series. However, India’s understrength team will still pose a significant challenge as they aim to extend their home dominance. New Zealand included as many as 5 spinners in the Test squad. Veteran Mitchell Santner will lead the slow-ball attack, supported by Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville, rookie Rachin Ravindra, and part-timer Glenn Phillips.

Pacers Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson have also been included, although Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme both chose to skip the tour.

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