IND vs NZ 1st Test: New Zealand prepares for the first Test in Kanpur on Thursday & the black caps seamer Kyle Jamieson is excited to play test cricket in India. He has admitted the fact that the ongoing India tour is a challenge for New Zealand’s team.
Kyle Jamieson made his test debut against India in 2020 with a bang by fetching five wickets in the secodn test. However, he hasn’t played any of the tests on Indian soil. Of eight tests which he has played to date, six have been played at home grounds. His first away test was at Lord’s against England held earlier this year.
Kyle Jamieson said that he has left behind his WTC Final exploits & is looking forward to playing in India. He also emphasized that playing test matches in India will be a different experience than playing IPL.
“It certainly feels a long time ago. No better way to start than the challenge of India in India. I haven’t played a whole lot of cricket over here. I had the first half of the IPL which was good, but this will be different again. I’ve got Wags and Timmy here, so that’ll be good to bounce ideas off them, to get their expertise on how to bowl here. It’s certainly going to be a different challenge to what we get back home but really looking forward to it,” Jamieson said, as quoted by stuff.co.NZ.
Jamieson has scalped 46 wickets in eights tests he has played so far at an average of 14.17. He is also a proven lower-order batsman, averaging 42.66 with a solitary half-century.
“I will still try and stick to my strengths but try and adapt to what the conditions give”, Kyle Jamieson
Jamieson also claimed that if he gets included in the first test, adapting to conditions & sticking to his strengths would be his game plan.
“First and foremost I think for me it’s not trying to change my game too much – still try and stick to my strengths but try and adapt to what the conditions give. If I do play and get the new ball, it’s trying to swing that and as the conditions change and the roles change throughout the game, try to focus on that.”
The New Zealand squad will be boosted with the return of their captain Kane Williamson who has missed the three-match T20I series in order to prepare for the crucial two-match test series against India. However, India’s team will still pose a significant challenge as they aim to extend their home dominance. India will take on New Zealand in the first test starting from 25th November in Kanpur.