Kyle Jamieson’s batting “didn’t surprise” his father
New Zealand’s tallest cricketer Kyle Jamieson (6′-8″) didn’t enjoy the success with the ball but his batting was a “headache” for the Indian bowlers and the fielders on the 3rd day (India’s second innings at the Basin Reserve, Wellington).
As a tail-end batsman, his 44 runs (1 four and 4 sixes in 45 minutes) was the highest by a New Zealand Test batsman by a no. 9 on debut. New Zealand tail-enders ensured a considerable lead of 183 runs over India.
According to Kyle’s father, Michael Jamieson, who has traveled to Wellington (from Auckland) to watch his son’s debut Test, Kyle was a batting all-rounder.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from the ground, he said, “Kyle played all his junior cricket as a batting all-rounder, normally batting in the top three and either opening the bowling or bowling first change. At Auckland Grammar School, which is a premier school for the young cricketers, he opened both the batting and bowling for the 1st eleven.”
“Yes, his towering height is benefiting to my son,” the senior Jamieson said.
“His height certainly helps as he has a high bowling action which results in a bounce that is different from others surprising batsman off a good length delivery.”
Elaborating more about his son, he said, “Kyle played soccer at a young age before taking up basketball as the winter sport which he played through until he was 17. At this stage he decided to concentrate fully on cricket.”
“He received a cricket scholarship to Lincoln University in Canterbury starting in 2013 and 2019 he completed his bachelor of commerce degree.”
Kyle is the older of 2 siblings with a sister 2 years younger. His father Michael represented New Zealand at the inaugural over 50 World Cup in Sydney as an opening batsman.
“If selected, we hope to go and watch the second Test in Christchurch,” the father signed off.