New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson is set to make his international debut in the second ODI against India.
The tall pace bowler will come into the team in place of Scott Kuggeleijn. He is not being considered for Saturday’s Auckland clash due to having flu-like symptoms.
Jamieson, who is 6ft 8in, was in the Test squad to face Australia but didn’t get the call. He also didn’t feature in the first ODI in Hamilton on Wednesday.
The home side finally ended their losing streak to record a four-wicket win at Seddon Park. Ross Taylor smashed his 21st one-day century to help New Zealand over the line. It means victory at Eden Park on Saturday would hand them the overall series success.
Jamieson backed to have an impact
Black Caps bowling coach Shane Jurgensen confirmed Jamieson will take his place in the team in Auckland.
The move has also been made possible due to Ish Sodhi linking up with New Zealand A.
Jurgensen believes the towering paceman can have an impact for the Black Caps and hailed his potential for the future.
He said: “He’s obviously a huge man, at six foot eight he’s quite an imposing sight, so we are looking forward to seeing what he can do.
“He’s got good skills with the new ball, he’s a good athlete and he can bat a bit as well, so has a lot of potential.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand have also been boosted by the return to training of skipper Kane Williamson and fast bowler Lockie Ferguson.
The duo have been missing due to should and calf problems respectively. It was Ferguson’s initial injury that handed Jamieson his call-up to the squad.
Williamson has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against India but could return for the third and final clash at the Bay Oval in Tauranga next Tuesday.
The next action after that the ODI games sees the teams contest a two-match Test series. The first clash will be held in Wellington from February 21.