New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson ready for a different challenge in India

Hoping to play only his third Test abroad, New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson knows the challenge of playing Test cricket in India will be different from those back home, despite his remarkable record.

The first match of the two-match Test series between India and New Zealand begins here on Thursday.

Jamieson, who made a record-breaking debut in Test cricket, took 46 wickets in just eight matches to tour the country with the national team.

“I haven’t played a whole lot of cricket here. I had the first half of IPL which was good, but it will be different again.

“I have Wags (Neil Wagner) and Timmy (Tim Southee) here, so it would be nice to throw some ideas at them, to gain their expertise on how to bowl here,” he said.

“Definitely it will be a different challenge for what we get back home, but really looking forward to it,” said the tall pacer.
Jamieson played a key role in New Zealand winning the last three Tests against India, including the World Test Championship final against India in Southampton in June this year.

However, with Southee and Wagner in the squad, Jamieson may not be a part of the playing XI in the opener.

As the Kiwis began their WTC title defense, Jamieson entered the scene with five five-wicket hauls and an incredible average of 14.17 in the five-day format.

“It certainly feels like a long time ago. There is no better way to start in India than in India’s challenge.”

Despite the difference in conditions, Jamieson said he would stick to his strengths as he looked to adapt.

“First and foremost I think it’s about me not trying to change my game too much – still try and stick to my strengths but try and adapt to the conditions.

“If I play and get the new ball, it’s trying to swing it and try to focus on that as the conditions change and the roles change throughout the game.”

The 26-year-old was part of the New Zealand team that reached the final of the T20 World Cup but did not get playing time in the UAE.

“It was nice to be a part of it and it gave me the opportunity to step back, the amount I was playing cricket, work on my game and get back in the gym with Chris (Donaldson, strength and conditioning coach).