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Delighted to see Kyle Jamieson not falling into Kohli’s trap: Tim Southee

By Bet Barter

June 1, 2021

New Zealand is all set to play two Tests against England starting on June 02. After completing the England series, the Kiwis will compete against India in the ICC World Test Championship final (WTC). The final clash is scheduled to begin on June 18 in Southampton. Ahead of the series and WTC final, New Zealand seamer Tim Southee praised Kyle Jamieson for politely denying captain Virat Kohli to bowl with a Duke's ball during the nets session.

Apart from being a world-class batsman, Virat Kohli is also one of the smartest cricketers in the world. The Indian skipper wanted to get insights from Kyle Jamieson ahead of the WTC final between the two teams. The 26-year-old Kiwi pacer was clever enough to know Kohli's plans, and he politely denied the offer. Tim Southee was delighted with the refusal of Kyle Jamieson and said it was a no-brainer. On the other hand, RCB allrounder Dan Christian was also impressed by the polite refusal by Kyle Jamieson. The Australian stated that he showed a lot of character against a great cricketer like Virat Kohli.

Dukes ball will be used during the WTC final

Kyle Jamieson has already impressed the New Zealand team management and selectors. He has scalped 36 wickets in six Tests so far at a decent average of 13.27. Kyle has also amassed 226 runs at an average of 56.50 and has become a crucial player of the Blackcaps. Tim Southee expressed that Kyle Jamieson's addition to the side has given them an X-factor.

Kyle Jamieson had troubled the Indian batsmen. This also includes Virat Kohli, when they had toured New Zealand early last year. This was also the main reason why the pacer attracted a huge bid at the IPL mini-auction. Before the suspension of IPL, Jamieson had picked up nine wickets in seven games. Kyle Jamieson, who has featured in only 6 Tests to date, stated that he is excited about playing at the Lord's for the first time. Kane Williamson and his team are scheduled to lock horns against England for a two-match Test series, starting from June 2. With NZ set to take on India in the WTC final after the conclusion of the England series, Kyle Jamieson would be eager to showcase his potential, both with the bat and the ball.

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