Kyle Jamieson proves he is up there with world’s best bowlers

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The last 12 months have been huge for New Zealand bowler Kyle Jamieson. He has been able to break into his national team, and the Black Caps seamer is now being talked about alongside the likes of Stuart Broad, Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah.

Jamieson is one quarter of New Zealand’s impressive bowling attack, which also features Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Tim Southee. During his side’s recent series success against Pakistan, Jamieson produced a career-best performance, which ensured he took many of the plaudits.

In the Second Test win over Pakistan, Jamieson picked up figures of 11-117. The visitors had no answer to the 26-year-old who tore through the batting line-up in both innings of his side’s victory in Christchurch.

Jamieson is now likely to feature in limited-overs cricket for his country over the next three months. He has already represented the Black Caps in ODI and T20 cricket. If he can have the same impact as he has in Test cricket recently, he is going to be a big asset for New Zealand with the white ball.

The Black Caps will need to finalize their squad for the T20 World Cup before the tournament in India, which Jamieson will be hoping to be a part of. They are +1000 in the outright market for that competition.

New Zealand reached the final of the Cricket World Cup in 2019 where they were beaten in the final by England. With a much stronger bowling attack now, they have to be considered as one of the strong contenders for the T20 crown, especially in conditions that should suit them.

Tallest Bowler in New Zealand History

At 6”8, Jamieson is quite a striking figure when he is running in to bowl. If you have not seen him in action before, you would be forgiven for thinking his game is all about the big bouncer due to his height. This is far from the case though.

The New Zealand bowler has proved he has some fantastic durability to his deliveries. He mixes up his length very well at the crease, while he swings the ball to good effect. In the series against Pakistan, he used the new and old ball to take wickets in key moments on the game.

Jamieson became the tallest bowler to play for New Zealand when he made his debut for the Black Caps in an ODI international against India in 2020. The man from Auckland won the Player of the Match award for his contribution in that game.

In his younger years as a cricketer, Jamieson was an all-rounder, and that is quite evident now as he is useful with the bat for someone who comes in so low in the order. Although the sample size is small, with just six Tests to his name, Jamieson has a batting average of 56.50. He hit a 51 not-out against West Indies back in December before his side declared on 519-7.

Jamieson will be hoping to prove the last 12 months were not just a hot period for him. His aim now will be to remain consistent, which will strengthen the case for him being one of the best bowlers in world cricket.