New Zealand young seamer Kyle Jamieson has impressed his senior colleague Tim Southee with his tremendous all-round skills. Kyle Jamieson, who made his international debut this year, has delivered notable performances in the ongoing first Test against the West Indies in Hamilton. Southee has hailed the towering quick as a magnificent addition to the side.
Kyle Jamieson made his Test debut against India in Wellington, picking up four wickets and scoring 44 runs, continuing his excellent form in ODI cricket just before the Test series. As far as the current Test against the West Indies goes, the 25-year old mustered an unbeaten half-century and has snared three scalps so far. New Zealand are only four wickets away from claiming victory.
Tim Southee heaped praises on Kyle Jamieson, hailing him as a phenomenal addition in the side last summer and proving his capability as an all-rounder. The 31-year old feels that Jamieson adds a variation to the side that already has himself, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner and proving himself as a wicket-taking bowler.
“Jamieson has been a great addition at the back end of last summer and he’s shown again here with the bat and ball. So he’s been a great asset to the side and adds another variation as well. Obviously, you’ve got myself and Trent Boult, left and right-arm to swing it. Wagner does his thing and then you’ve got a tall guy in Jamieson who hits some challenging areas,” Southee told ESPN Cricinfo.
This is one of the few grounds that favours the outswing: Tim Southee
Tim Southee went on to say that the Seddon Park in Hamilton is one of the few grounds that favours outswing and having assessed the pitch last night, they bowled well. Southee claims they knew where they had to pitch the ball for longer periods to get wickets and the ball rolling.
“It was nice, this is one of the few grounds that favours the outswing. But we assessed through it last night and we weren’t off. We knew where we had to be for longer periods of time and managed to get a couple early and get the ball rolling,” the Northland-born cricketer added.
New Zealand declared at 519-7 in the first innings, headlined by Kane Williamson’s double-hundred. Southee proved as the pick of the bowlers, taking four to bowl the West Indies out for 138. The Kiwis enforced the follow-on as the Caribbeans are currently faring slightly better; however, will likely lose it. Half-centuries from Jermaine Blackwood and Alzarri Joseph have kept the hosts’ victories at bay.