New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson said that the team has discussed a plan of attack to dismiss England‘s best batter, Joe Root, ahead of the second Test between the two sides at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Root was the difference-maker in the fourth-innings run-chase at Lord’s. He scored his 26th century and also surpassed the 10,000-run mark en route to taking his team to a 5-wicket win.
“He certainly batted pretty well. He was probably the difference in the game in the end. We’ll certainly go away and make some plans. We’ve already had some conversations about how we want to attack him but also attack the rest of the batting as well. It’s not about focusing on just him, you know, we’ll try and take 10 wickets, take 20 wickets, we’ll just go about trying to do that,” Jamieson said.
“It’s not just that game or those series. This team has done such a good job over a long period of time, we’re not going to panic after just one game. We certainly know there were moments in that game we could’ve seized and been better. We know if we do that it will go a long way in trying to win this game and this series,” he also added.
“I’m reasonably realistic about where I am with my game” – Kyle Jamieson
Jamieson rose to the 3rd spot in the ICC’s Test bowlers’ rankings but the tall pacer insisted his main goal will always be to help the team win Test matches. New Zealand is the defending WTC Champions but their 2021-23 season hasn’t gone to plan.
“I’m just trying to learn and grow as a cricketer and whatever those numbers spit out, they do. I’m just happy to be part of the side. Trying to play my part and just win Tests for this team. I think for me that’s the main driver, the main focus and whatever that ends up as, it does.”
“I’m reasonably realistic about where I am with my game. I don’t necessarily think that numbers always give you the correct indication of where you’re at, at a certain point in time. I’m just trying to grow, trying to get better, trying to improve my game, contribute to wins for the side. Those rankings will come out as they do,” he added.