How will Kyle Jamieson cope when he has to bowl under less favorable conditions than those in New Zealand and England, where he started his test career?
The Black Caps seamstress has only had one day of international bowling in India, on day one of the first test in Kanpur, but so far the answer seems to be clear: Just as well as he has done so far.
He took three of the four wickets to fall after India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane won the draw and chose to strike out in the rematch of the World Test Championship final, which New Zealand won by eight wickets on neutral ground in England in June.
But he will have to deliver again the next morning if the Black Caps are to have any chance of retiring in the competition, with India 258-4 on stump on day one and a lack of support for his excellent efforts.
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Jamieson took 3-47 and Tim Southee, the only other sailor in their XI, took 1-43 as he struggled through a groin injury, but the hosts treated the spin trio Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville and debutant Rachin Ravindra with relative comfort.
Shreya’s Iyer was not out at 75, in sight of a Test century on debut, while Ravindra Jadeja was unbeaten at 50 and their partnership for the fifth wicket stood at an impressive 113.
Jamieson got Shubman Gill’s inside edge to bowl him for 52 and then got Rahane to chop on for 35, after starting by removing Mayank Agarwal, caught back to 13, with an outswinger.
His wickets were his 47th, 48th and 49th for New Zealand, leaving him a shy 50-mark, and as long as he reaches there in this test, or his next two, he will be the fastest Kiwi to reach milestone, surpassed Shane Bond’s record of 12 games.
Nineteen of these wickets have come against India – four in his debut in Wellington in early 2020, five in Christchurch a week later, and seven in the World Test Championship decision in June.
Since that match in Southampton, Jamieson has been pretty quiet. An injury shortened his time in Surrey, England, and he was hardly used in the back half of the Indian Premier League after being snatched for $ 2.86 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Then he was a spectator when the Black Caps reached the final of the Twenty20 World Cup earlier this month, and he told Stuff at the end of the day’s play that “it was definitely nice to get out there again”.
“It has probably, to be fair, been a good thing, not to have that playing time at the back of the IPL and at the World Cup. It actually gave me a chance to take a step back and work on a few things and actually refresh in a way. “
For a while, it looked like Jamieson could stand back as the only sailor to stand for the Black Caps, but Southee returned after receiving treatment on his right groin to hit six overs more in the final session.
Jamieson said he thought Southee would be okay to continue even though he was not sure of the exact nature of his problem.
“Obviously he was in a bit of discomfort there at one point, but his character should never be in doubt.
“Being able to go back out there and bowl, both with the old ball and then with the new ball, it’s just Timmy’s character coming through.”
Jamieson only got one over with the other new ball, between two from Southee, before bad light brought an early finish and they will hope to make good use of it when the game resumes on day two [first ball Friday 5pm NZ time].
“Hopefully the new ball will swing a little bit and we will try to use it as best we can.
“If not, it’s just about trying to adjust those plans. Whether the course changes a little bit during the day, we’ll have to wait and see.
“It’s definitely just trying to take it as it comes and adjusting and adapting as we go. It’s hard to plan ahead because you don’t know what the conditions will be.”