Kyle Jamieson insists he is very much the “fourth prong” in New Zealand’s formidable pace attack after his 11-wicket match haul fired the hosts to a series-sweeping victory in the second test against Pakistan.
Playing his sixth test, the towering 6 foot 8 inch (2.03 metre) fast bowler claimed his second five-wicket haul of the match to help New Zealand triumph by an innings and 176 runs inside four days in Christchurch.
“We’ve got the four-prong attack and I consider myself very much the fourth prong,” the 26-year-old said after collecting the player-of-the-match award at Hagley Oval.
“I just try and sit back and learn what these world class guys have done for many years,” he said, referring to senior pace colleagues Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Matt Henry.
Among New Zealand bowlers, only pace great Sir Richard Hadlee and former skipper Daniel Vettori have posted better test bowling figures than Jamieson’s 11-117 at Hagley Oval.
“I guess those two guys have been great for New Zealand cricket and to have my name somewhere along those guys is special,” Jamieson said.
“It’s nice to be in and around those names but I’m just happy to be part of this group and to help in some small way us winning games. We set out the summer with the goal of winning four tests and just happy to do that.”
Jamieson feels he can still get better.
“I still think there’s quite a bit [of improvement left]. I still feel like I’m a long way off the cricketer I want to be. I’m 12 months into my international career and it’s a long process.
“Hopefully I’ve got another 9-10 years in this group and if that happens there could be a wee bit more to come.