While a lot was expected from the brutal pace of Lockie Ferguson in the first Test match against Australia, things didn’t turn out smooth for him as the speedster picked a calf strain on the opening day of the red-ball game. After assessing his conditions, Ferguson was ruled out of the game as well as the remainder of the series.
To cover his absence, New Zealand Cricket decided to include the uncapped pacer Kyle Jamieson in the 15-member squad. Playing 25 games of first-class cricket, the 24-year old managed to pick 72 wickets, averaging a shade under 28. Head coach Gary Stead believes that Kyle brings ‘something different’ to the pace artillery of Kiwis and encouraged him to do well, if given the chance.
With the presence of Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult, who will return for the boxing day Test, in the Kiwi pace ranks, it would be extremely hard for the rookie to walk into the playing XI. Nevertheless, it would provide him valuable experience as he can hone his skills by sharing the dressing room with these talented quicks.