New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson Wednesday (May 26) said that he is looking forward to picking the brains of his team’s experienced bowlers for the upcoming two-match Test series against England followed by the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against India next month.
The young pacer would have the company of the experienced pacers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Doug Bracewell, and Matt Henry for the upcoming Test series against England starting June 2 at Lord’s and World Test Championship (WTC) final against India from June 18 in Southampton.
Jamieson, who is on his maiden tour of England, said he will have “conversations” with his fellow pacers about the Dukes ball, and look to learn from them, as they all have much experience of English conditions while stressing on the need to be “mindful” of how the ball behaves in the upcoming Tests.
The tall pace bowler has picked 36 wickets at 13.27 and scored 226 runs at 56.5 to help New Zealand won all six Test matches he played in, as well as, powered the Kiwis into the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against India starting June 18 in Southampton.
Jamieson told ESPNcricinfo: “Their experience will be really helpful, from the guys like Tim, Wags, Doug and even Henry as well, who's played a lot over here. There's so much experience around English conditions and what the Dukes ball can do. So I'll try and look and lean on for the next few weeks.”
He also admitted that Dukes ball presents a different challenge from Kookaburra – the ball the Kiwis are used to playing with. He added, “It is certainly a bit different - it's a bit darker and harder as well, and the seam is a little bit more narrow. So it's just about trying to get used to that and the hands.”
The speedster signed off by saying, “There have been conversations around what the Dukes ball can do, but whilst being mindful of the fact that you don't want to go searching too much and try to move the ball too much, and then getting caught on the bounce a little bit. So I'm sure over the next few days we'll have a few more conversations on what it looks like and then go from there.”
(With ANI Inputs)