The Black Caps win over Pakistan which propelled them to number one in the world test rankings is the culmination of a lot of work over a long period of time, the team’s bowling coach says.
The victory in Christchurch by an innings and 176 runs came courtesy of some standout performances – 11 wickets in the match for new bowling sensation Kyle Jamieson, Kane Williamson’s double-hundred, and centuries to Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell.
Bowling coach Shane Jurgensen told Morning Report yesterday’s win is a pretty special achievement and the result of work done by many players both past and present, as well as support staff.
The “voice of New Zealand Cricket” commentator Bryan Waddle told Morning Report he was impressed by the Black Caps’ ruthlessness and the clinical way they went about everything.
“And that’s not done in an aggressive or ugly way, it’s the positive intent that is shown by the side, the fact that they play well in New Zealand conditions and they were able to come up with a strategy against every situation they faced.”
He said this New Zealand side has performed outstandingly over the last few years, only losing one series and drawing one series.
“I think that that has been something to admire in how they perform at the international level and it’s very much a team performance, even though those individual stars have done outstanding work along the way.”
One of those stars is Black Caps bowler Kyle Jamieson, who Waddle said is now “up there with the big boys” at an early stage in his career.
Jamieson’s man of the match performance helped the side to a crushing second Test win over Pakistan in Christchurch yesterday.
After debuting against India last summer, Jamieson has now played six Tests and picked up 36 wickets at an average of 13
Among New Zealand bowlers, only Sir Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori have posted better test bowling figures than Jamieson’s 11 for 117 at Hagley Oval.
Jamieson had to work hard to get the wickets that he got, Waddle said.
“He’s a natural talent, his height plays a big part in what he can do because he gains extra bounce in New Zealand conditions and that’s not often available to bowlers in this part of the world.
“He’s been able to bowl consistently, he’s developed his game to an extent where he’s also a very useful batsman and I think it’s an exciting thing to see a young player coming along.”
Jurgensen said Kyle Jamieson is always looking to improve.
“I think that’s one of the key aspects of his learning and development, some people might say that it happened really quickly, but he’s had to go through some tough times himself – he’s had some injuries.
“But he really looks to improve every game and some of the skills in the way that he’s executed it has been absolutely outstanding.”
The latest string of victories for the Black Caps have all come from playing in New Zealand but Waddle said sides are struggling to play overseas in terms of results.
He said the Black Caps now need to play overseas and “show that they have the winning metal”.
The Black Caps will play Australia next month which Jurgensen said is always a challenge, but one that they look forward to, and they will play Bangladesh shortly after that.
Both matches are being played at home.