Last Update on: October 21st, 2022 at 03:35 pm
New Zealand will open their World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday, October 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Blackcaps lost to the Aussies in the ICC T20 World 2021 final in the UAE.
Tall New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson, who is ruled out of the tournament with a back injury, said that while the Black Caps recently lost an ODI series against their trans-Tasman opponents, T20 cricket is a completely different ball game where anything can happen.
Jamieson believes his team will be “tactically smart” in the ICC T20 World Cup Super-12 match against Australia on Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Everyone Can Beat Everyone On Their Day – Kyle Jamieson
“(I’m) certainly backing the boys tomorrow (Saturday), obviously played them in the last month or so in some one-day cricket but T20’s a different format again. I’m sure they’ll (New Zealand) come out very tactically smart and play with that freedom and look to take them (Australia) on, on that big stage,” Jamieson told SENZ Breakfast.
Australia, led by Aaron Finch, have emerged as the favourites in the opening Super 12 match due to their home advantage and history on their side, and the Blackcaps will look to give their best in the must-win clash. New Zealand and England will be in the same group as one of the toughest T20I teams in the group, and a loss to Australia and England may make reaching the semi-finals very difficult.
“We’ve already seen through the qualifying games everyone can beat everyone on their day. I think that’s the beauty of T20 cricket, it sort of evens everything up,” Jamieson said.
Jamieson intends to play some local cricket before returning to the national team in the near future.
Jamieson, when asked about the back injury he sustained during the tour of England in June, said, “(It’s) Just ticking away. Obviously, as a fast bowler, your back’s quite important so it’s been a bit of a gradual process.
“It’s been quite a good approach with Steady (head coach Gary Stead) and all the staff around just making sure we come back in a sustainable way, not trying to rush things just making sure we get it right.”