New Zealand superstar bowler Kyle Jamieson believes he has still got a long way to go. The New Zealand pacer has been the talk of the town ever since New Zealand set out on the quest to conquer West Indies in their two-match Test last month. It’s no surprise what a vital role he played in the teams four consecutive Test victories.
Jamieson scalped a total 0f 27 wickets in the two Test series’. Just in the latest colossal victory that New Zealand achieved over Pakistan, he bagged 11 wickets. And he has only had an experience of six Tests.
He already has achieved an average of 12.25 in these matches, levelling with the likes of Daniel Vettori and Richard Hadley, considering his time in Test cricket so far.
But Jamieson pleads to differ, for he feels he still has a long way to go to be compared with legends as them.
Speaking at a post-match media conference, Jamieson said, “I guess It’s nice to be in and around those names but I’m just happy to be part of this group and to help in some small way in us winning games. We set out the summer with the goal of winning four Tests and just happy to do that.”
“It’s not often you have six months where you can dedicate yourself to the game and there’s some strength and conditioning stuff which was really helpful. The inswinger was kind of a product in the winter as well. That has come in handy a couple of times. I guess it’s a general thing. When you get such a big block of time to be able to work on your batting, bowling and strength and conditioning, it sort of comes out in ways like this,” he said.
Kyle Jamieson justified his selection to make up for Neil Wagner’s absence perfectly well. Wagner had already given New Zealand a match-winning performance, scalping four wickets despite having injury toes. And Jamieson ensured his sacrifices doesn’t go in vain. He bowled brilliantly, clobbering the Pakistani batsman and giving them no chance to rise while the batsman, especially, skipper Kane Williamson had set a massive target for the visitors to chase.
Yet he believes there is room for a lot of improvement and says he is way behind the cricketer he wants to be.
“I still think there’s quite a bit [of improvement that can be done]. I still feel like I’m a long way off the cricketer I want to be,” Jamieson said.
“I’m 12 months into my international career and it’s a long process. Hopefully, I’ve got another nine-ten years in this group and if that happens there could be a wee bit more to come.”